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      Ellis Fischel partners with top cancer network

      MU officials announced Friday that Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will affiliate with MD Anderson Cancer Network.

      Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will affiliate with Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Network, University of Missouri officials announced Friday morning.

      "The groundbreaking collaboration is the perfect example of how the University of Missouri is carrying out our mission of advancing the health of the people of Missouri," University President Tim Wolfe said.

      MD Anderson, a program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been ranked number 1 in cancer care in "US News and World Report" surveys for 10 of the past 12 years.

      The collaboration provides Ellis Fischel with more resources for cancer treatment and research, especially with complex cancer cases.

      "We'll be mapping out the patients that are cared for in this part of the country, and looking for clinical trials that most match their disease, their stage of disease, and their needs, so that we can bring those trials to the group here," Dr. Thomas Burke, executive vice president of MD Anderson, said.

      "So it'll be a thoughtful way of matching the population to the services."

      Dr. Paul Dale, medical director of Ellis Fischel, said the affiliation also gives the cancer center vaildation that they're providing quality care.

      "To have it culminate on such a beautiful day with so many important people here to share in this...the whole team has got to be so proud. And I'm just here accepting on behalf of all of them," Dr. Dale said.

      The MU Board of Curators unanimously approved the affiliation on January 31.