Best Cancer Treatment Hospitals in the United States
Cancer is a dreadful word no one ever wants to hear. There are more than 200 different types of cancer. Each state and metropolitan area has excellent centers and/or hospitals. Many of them treat a range cancer types. Categorized as public, private, university, government, adult, children, gender, or cancer type they each have programs and protocols for diagnostics, treatment, support, and aftercare. Cancer centers listed in this article may appear on other directories or not, yet suffice it to say that all across the country many excellent hospitals exist to treat patients.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centers (or known as MSKCC) in New York is a complete cancer center, since it not only treats patients, but is also involved in ongoing research in cancer and educating future about diseases related to cancer. MSKCC treats over 400 types of adult and pediatric cancer. In addition to the main facility in Manhattan, they have cancer care centers located in Brooklyn, Westchester County, on Long Island, and in New Jersey. One of the team approaches to care for the patient is palliative care, which is, “…therapies and interventions that help people with cancer manage the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual issues that can accompany advanced disease.” This care happens throughout the patient’s treatment, but palliative care becomes more crucial if patients are no longer responding to treatment and are in an end-of-life phase. Some of the support programs at MSKCC help patients throughout their care feel better about themselves with different kinds of therapy, such as art and canine and writing programs. Beyond treatment, the hospital has survivorship programs for patients who have finished treatment and are moving on with their lives.
As with most centers, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has a three-fold approach with treatment, education, and research. The center is located in Houston, TX. The U.S. News score for the facility is 100/100; however, aftercare rates lower than other centers. Other than the main facility, MD Anderson has four regional care centers in the Bay Area, Katy, Sugarland, and The Woodlands. Their single focus clinics cover issues such as evaluation of female, psychiatric, fatigue, gynecological or other cancer-related issues. Their care centers and clinics target specific types of cancer, prevention, or support. In addition, MD Anderson offers clinical trials by helping patients with new and innovative medications. Educationally, the hospital trains healthcare professionals at all levels from undergraduate to post-doctorate, research training, and nursing education.
The Mayo Clinic, well-known for its research, has its main hospital locations in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida, although clinics are located in many cities across the country. The Mayo Clinic’s Mission and Values cover various areas of patient care. Their mission as stated on its site is, “To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.” Yet, it does not stop there, because it treats each patient and family with the concepts they need most during cancer care and aftercare. The Clinic also has blogs that patients can read or join to have a more active part in their care.
Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD has a strong reputation with specialists. The Avon Foundation connects itself to the hospital for the treatment of breast cancer. Close to 260,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Johns Hopkins Medical Center has locations across Maryland and is allied with other hospitals. The hospital treats numerous types of conditions in addition to cancer. Opening in 1889, this medical center, combining research, teaching and patient care led the nation and world in excellence. According to its site for fast facts, the facility ranks #1 by US News & World Report; as a non-profit receives more than $439 million for research scientists annually; employs Professor Carol Greider, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine, plus other former Nobel laureates; and is active worldwide with healthcare.
Besides the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA has many associated hospitals, medical centers, and clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. The hospital has been ranked since 1993 as a top facility. Covering a full spectrum of cancer treatment, it has centers for pediatric medicine that include checkups, screenings, diagnostics, and adoption consultations. The types of cancer treated at UW Medical Center include breast, esophageal, endocrine, colorectal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, leukemia, lymphoma plus other hematological diseases, liver, lung, melanoma, neuro-oncology (plus brain and spine), prostate, pancreas, and sarcoma. The patients may be treated by both UW Medical Center health care professionals at UW Medical Center in addition to community-based health-care professionals as well.
One hospital that has not been mentioned on the top ten or other lists is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is included here since it such a special facility. It was founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital opened in 1962 and the families of pediatric patients accepted pay nothing for their care. It is a first class research facility whose mission is to find cures for cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. The National Cancer Institute designates St. Jude as a Comprehensive Care Center. The research protocols developed by St. Jude rose from less than 20% in 1962 to over 80% today. Unlike many places that receive contributions, when someone contributes to this research and treatment facility, they are assured that out of each dollar, 81 cents supports research and treatment at St. Jude. So many amazing facts exist about this facility, but what makes it special is that the pediatric patients treated there become part of a new protocol for future cancer treatment.
The list of cancer health care hospitals and facilities in the United States may be endless. Some of the top ten hospitals for 2010-2011 not detailed for lack of space are Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.