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Karmanos Cancer Center completes collaboration deal with Turkish center

May 17, 2006

A medical collaboration between the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and a cancer center in Istanbul, Turkey, will give international patients the opportunity to seek medical advice in the U.S. John Ruckdeschel, president and CEO of Karmanos, signed an agreement Wednesday with Bilger Duruman, president and CEO of Metropolitan Florence Nightingale Hospital and Cancer Center, and Cemsid Demiroglu, chair of the center's management board. The agreement allows doctors at Karmanos to review patients' cases in Turkey and recommend treatment. "This agreement broadens the base for patients," Ruckdeschel said. "It also allows us the opportunity to do the process of international patient care right." Ruckdeschel was introduced to the Turkish cancer center through Eti Gursel, chief of plastic surgery at Wayne State University, who is from Turkey. "Karmanos is a very good institution," Duruman said. "Wayne State is also a good university and to collaborate with these places is a wonderful thing."