Here are a few quick statistics about the numbers of patients served at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1998-1999: 18,860 newly registered patients; 16,499 hospital admissions for 126,803 days of care; 409,443 outpatient clinic visits, treatments and procedures; and an estimated 65,000-plus individuals served, when newly registered patients and those returning for treatment and follow-up are totaled.
All in all, I'd say this is a far cry from the "3,000" patients cited by sources in an article in your June 5 issue ("Rivals team up for cancer center," p. 4). Thanks for the chance to set the record straight.
Vice president for public affairs
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center