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Karmanos Cancer Center Most Preferred Hospital for Cancer Care in Southeast Michigan

DETROIT, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has been chosen as the most preferred hospital for cancer care in southeast Michigan, according to the 2008 Cancer Treatment Preference Profile Survey conducted by the National Research Corporation.

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The annual survey, conducted via an internet questionnaire in May 2008, was sent to nearly 200,000 households throughout the United States, including 3,504 homes in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, St. Clair and Monroe counties. The respondent was the individual in the household who is most often the primary healthcare decision-maker. The survey results showed that the Karmanos Cancer Center was the preferred hospital for cancer care with respondents from southeast Michigan's seven-county area, as well as with respondents from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Respondents who preferred Karmanos for cancer care also preferred Karmanos for its personalized care, latest technology and equipment, best doctors, best overall quality and the best image or reputation.

"We have an exceptional staff made up of brilliant researchers and physicians, compassionate and caring nurses, technicians and other professionals who are all committed to provide cancer patients with the highest quality of care, the latest treatment options and education, as well as innovative state-of-the- science research," said John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Ruckdeschel added, "We have only been an independent cancer center since December 2005 and we realize there are many choices when it comes to health care services. We are honored to be selected as the most preferred hospital for cancer care again this year. We will do all we can to continue our high standard of care and our vigilance to eradicate this horrific disease."

Karmanos was the preferred hospital for cancer care among 12 hospitals mentioned by respondents in southeast Michigan. Karmanos is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center that focuses solely on treating cancer -- all types of cancer -- and is committed to a future free of the disease.

For more information on cancer care and services call 1-800-KARMANOS.

Located in mid-town Detroit, MI, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, the Institute strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to

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