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Scripps, MD Anderson ink affiliation for comprehensive cancer care program in San Diego

San Diego-based Scripps Health and Houston-based The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are partnering to create the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer program in San Diego, effective immediately.

Under the partnership, Scripps MD Anderson is now part of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a worldwide collaborative network of hospitals and health systems. The collaboration enables Scripps clinicians to combine their oncology expertise with that of MD Anderson to provide more comprehensive cancer care across eight counties, from Santa Barbara to the U.S.-Mexico border.

"MD Anderson is the top-ranked cancer center in America, with unparalleled experience, resources and expertise," said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. "This exciting new alliance will give Southern Californians easy access to MD Anderson's proven, research-based approaches to cancer care right here in San Diego. Our partnership builds on Scripps' history of providing exceptional cancer care to our region and will enable us to offer the best cancer treatment available anywhere, here at Scripps."

The new Scripps MD Anderson will be overseen by physician and administrative leaders from both organizations. It will expand patients' access to MD Anderson's treatment protocols, standards of care, extensive clinical trials and translational research. Patients will also have access to medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as other clinical and support services.

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