100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs
These hospitals have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and CareChex. Each organization has demonstrated a focus on patient-centered cancer care and emphasis on continual innovation in treatments and services. Many of these organizations also have a place in the history of cancer prevention and research, as they've driven groundbreaking discoveries and made clinical milestones.
Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers, and hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list. The following content should be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Hospitals and health systems are presented in alphabetical order.
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (Barrington, Ill.). The Center for Cancer Care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital provides patients with a multispecialty team of oncologists, surgeons, oncology nurses, spiritual counselors and complementary specialists. The hospital is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital offers patients access to clinical trials and advanced treatments, and it has the third highest volume in the metro Chicago area for prostate cancer treatment with the da Vinci Robot.
Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). Approximately 1,600 new cancer cases are diagnosed at Aultman Hospital or Aultman Cancer Center each year. Patients have access to nearly 75 clinical trials for cancer treatment, as Aultman is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. The hospital's cancer program has retained its accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1986.
Aventura (Fla.) Hospital & Medical Center. The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center is recognized by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The headquarters of the Columbia Cancer Research Network, a hospital-based research organization that offers clinical trials, are located in the cancer center, which bolsters physicians' access to cancer research and the advancement of prevention. The center also provides patients with a cancer care coordinator, who is an oncology social worker, to assist them through the care continuum and navigate the center's various support services.
Banner Gateway Medical Center (Gilbert, Ariz.). In September 2011, Banner Health formed an affiliation with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to open the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is located on the Banner Gateway campus. The center acts as a cancer hub in Arizona, combining clinical treatments with access to MD Anderson's renowned research. A multidisciplinary clinic acts as the cancer center's core. There, physicians from all cancer specialties collaborate and streamline patients' diagnoses, consultations and treatment plan development.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Researchers and physicians at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine care for more than 8,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Patients have access to more than 250 therapeutic clinical studies at the center, as well as services in a state-of-the-art outpatient facility on the hospital campus. Siteman Cancer Center is the only site of its kind in the state to hold Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute, which it received in 2001.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). The cancer center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is aligned with Harvard Medical School, allowing patients access to some of the most innovative diagnostic procedures and therapies. The center offers roughly 140 clinical trials and recently conducted trials that led to FDA approval for therapies for melanoma and metastatic renal cancer. Beth Israel's cancer program is the only one in Massachusetts and one of 34 in the country to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida, is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. More than 20 oncology physicians at the center treat upwards of 3,000 cancer patients each year. The institute includes the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics, where specialists determine if an individual has a hereditary predisposition to certain types of cancer. The institute also uses the latest imaging technology, such as helical computerized tomography or spiral CT, to detect lung masses at their earliest and potentially most curable stage.
Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, Mo.). Boone Hospital Center's oncology program, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons, treats approximately 2,000 patients for primary or secondary cancer diagnosis each year. The hospital, which received Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence, is affiliated with St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare and its program is also part of the national Association of Community Cancer Centers. Nine board-certified oncologists, five radiation oncologists and board-certified surgical specialists in the fields of general surgery, colorectal surgery, urology, neurosurgery and gynecologic oncology lead the cancer program at Boone.
Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). At the Levine Cancer Institute at Carolinas Medical Center, patients receive care from their primary care physicians, oncologists, patient navigators, counselors, geneticists and other healthcare professionals focused on numerous aspects of cancer. Established in 2010, the center includes 12 cancer care locations across the Carolinas and also provides patients with access to cutting-edge research. The Levine Cancer Institute recently relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility that features nine cancer clinics, infusion therapy, radiation therapy, palliative care and a Phase I clinical trials center under one roof.
Cedars Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars Sinai offers patients a hub model comprised of multidisciplinary teams. Tumor boards, organized by specific types of cancer, help patients design treatment plans. Patients also have access to Cedars Sinai's 24-hour outpatient cancer center, which treats more than 9,000 patients each year. The center is home to basic oncology research, along with clinical trials. In October, it launched a project in partnership with Balitmore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine that allows all men diagnosed with prostate cancer to have their disease tracked in a secure and interactive online patient portal.
Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Christiana Care's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to cancer care, in which each patient meets with a nurse navigator and team of cancer specialists in consultation with primary care physicians. The center was one of the first to be selected for the National Cancer Institute Community Centers Program. A collaboration with the University of Delaware helped the Graham Cancer Center expand to include its Center for Translational Research, which includes a familial cancer registry.
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital (San Antonio). The cancer program at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients, driven by multidisciplinary teams of oncologists, hospitalists, registered nurses, dieticians, social workers, physical therapists and chaplains. The hospital is a Center of Excellence for High Dose Biotherapy Interluekin–2, which is a protein found naturally in the body that stimulates the immune system, which in turn kills cancer cells. In 2013, the hospital was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals by CareChex.
City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte, Calif.). City of Hope National Medical Center, an independent medical and research center, was founded in 1913 and is located about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. It's one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Several breakthrough cancer drugs, including Herceptin and Avastin, are based on technology that was pioneered by City of Hope, and the center's division of clinical cancer genetics has been instrumental in understanding cancer's genetic roots.
Cleveland Clinic. More than 14,000 cancer patients visit the Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic each year. Physicians and specialists collaborate across the the institute's six cancer departments to deliver seamless, multidisciplinary care for patients. U.S. News & World Report ranked Cleveland Clinic sixth in the country for its cancer care in its 2012-2013 rankings. The institute is also extending its geographic reach across the Midwest, as it formed an adult oncology affiliation with Winfield, Ill.-based Cadence Health in February 2012.
Community Medical Center (Toms River, N.J.). The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center has retained accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program since 1986. It includes a 31-bed inpatient oncology unit as well as an outpatient infusion center with private rooms. The hospital is a member of the Penn Cancer Network, which is a group of community hospitals throughout three states that collaborate with Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Covenant Medical Center (Waterloo, Iowa). The Covenant Cancer Treatment Center at Covenant Medical Center treats approximately 650 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Every week, physicians and cancer care team members hold tumor board conferences at the hospital to develop multidisciplinary treatment plans for patients. The center also drives local population health maintenance through its cancer registry, which tracks all cancers diagnosed and/or treated at the center and shares this data with the State Health Registry of Iowa. Covenant Cancer Treatment Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Dan Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston). The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine is comprised of three hospital affiliates: Ben Taub General Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Texas Children's Hospital. The center, which includes the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and Elkins Pancreas Center, is one of three in the state to receive National Cancer Institute designation as a Cancer Center. It has received more than $71 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas since the institute began awarding grants in 2010.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston). Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was founded in 1947. Each year, more than 300,000 cancer patients visit the center, which collaborates with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for oncology services and is also affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For its 2012-2013 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Cancer Center the top cancer center in New England and fifth overall in the country. In 2012, Dana-Farber opened a new community cancer clinic in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, which is believed to be the country's first dedicated oncology space in an inner-city clinic.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.). Physicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center provide care and treatment to roughly 31,000 patients each year through multidisciplinary oncology teams of specialists and oncology nurses. In addition to its clinical care, the Cotton Cancer Center is also a pillar for cancer research. It's designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and is home to roughly 250 active research projects led by 135 cancer research scientists. The center's research efforts are supported by more than $68 million in grants.
Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). The Duke Cancer Institute, which is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, is home to more than 300 cancer researchers and physicians. The center is part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is an alliance of 21 cancer centers dedicated to further oncology research. This past year, Duke researchers identified the structure of a certain molecule that transports chemotherapy drugs into cells, a finding that could help create more effective cancer treatments with fewer side effects.
Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). The Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, treats roughly 3,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. The center includes specific centers for prostate cancer, breast care and cancer, infusion services and radiation oncology. Through its affiliation with Stanford Cancer Center, Eisenhower Medical Center also offers patients access to National Cancer Institute-endorsed Phase III clinical trials.
Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Cancer care at Emory University Hospital is integrated with and coordinated through the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, which opened in the 1930s to advance cancer treatment and research. Emory University Hospital earned the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in 2011 and the Winship Cancer Institute earned designation from the National Cancer Institute in 2009, making it the first and only center in Georgia to do so.
Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia). Founded in 1904, Fox Chase Cancer Center was one of the first cancer hospitals in the country and later became one of the first hospitals to receive designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. The center's Research Institute for Cancer Prevention was the first comprehensive program of its kind in the country, featuring labs dedicated to prevention-oriented research. In July 2012, this 100-bed hospital expanded access to cancer care and research through an affiliation with Temple University Health System and Temple University School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia.
Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). The Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin opened in 2008. The center and its 200 physicians operate on a hub model, with 13 disease-specific teams of providers who help patients through their treatment and a quality of life center that offers a full range of support services. In addition to the center's comprehensive cancer care, Froedtert patients also have access to approximately 130 clinical trials devoted to cancer each year.
Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). The Geisinger Cancer Institute at Geisinger Medical Center is home to 14 specific cancer programs and more than 100 clinical research trials focused on cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Last fall, the center received Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification from the American Society of Clinical Oncology — a recognition reserved for 150 cancer centers in the country committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care. The cancer institute also offers a nurse navigation program to provide patients with customized assistance, including financial support, transportation and records coordination.
Georgetown University Medical Center (Washington, D.C.). The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 1970 and named after Vince Lombardi, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers who received cancer treatment at Georgetown. The center is the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C., area to hold Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of the cancer center, was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology for the NCI in December 2012. This is the only body aside from scientists to review the NCI's entire intramural program and advise the institute's scientific director.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Towson, Md.). The Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute includes comprehensive outpatient, inpatient, home care, hospice and survivorship programs that are driven by a multidisciplinary team of oncology experts. The institute's comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer program is one of only two cancer programs in Maryland to have received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program offers patients access to more than 60 clinical trials through partnerships with the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network.
Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is comprised of 14 specialized divisions for cancer care and offers patients access to more than 200 clinical trials. U.S. News & World Report ranked the John Theurer Cancer Center as one of the top 50 centers for cancer care across the country in its 2012-2013 rankings. HackensackUMC researchers have spearheaded cancer research initiatives, as they played leading roles in studies in 2012 that focused on a medication that blocks the actions of certain proteins cancer cells need to survive and multiply. Their findings were later published in Blood.
Hartford (Conn.) Hospital. Each year, more than 50,000 patients visit The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. The center is one of 30 across the country to participate in the National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program, which helps hospitals translate research into treatment and address disparities in cancer care. The hospital also has its own cancer registry that dates back to 1928. As one of the oldest in the country, the registry contains information for roughly 92,000 patients and can identify the most effective cancer treatments, where cancer rates are spiking and patients' progress through survivorship.
Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). The Josephine Ford Cancer Institute at Henry Ford Hospital treats more than 14,000 patients each year and offers more than 200 clinical trials for advanced treatment options. The institute offers a number of innovative treatments and therapies, including the exercise and cancer integrative therapy education program, which is a special exercise program for cancer patients based on collaborative research from radiation oncology researchers at the cancer institute and Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. The institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). The Hoag Family Cancer Institute, a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, treats more than 3,300 newly diagnosed patients each year, making it the largest-volume provider in Orange County. This past spring, Hoag began enrolling patients in a new late-stage clinical trial for glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Each year, more than 400 patients participate in the center's hereditary cancer program, which helps patients assess their cancer risk through genetic testing.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1973, which is the same year it received Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. Translational and clinical researchers at the cancer center currently hold more than $145 million in grants, and more than 100,000 cancer patients visit the center for inpatient and outpatient care each year. Last year, Penn researchers discovered four genetically distinct types of breast cancer — a finding expected to drive new treatment developments.
Indiana University Simon Cancer Center (Indianapolis). The Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University was established in 1992. As the only site of its kind in the state to receive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute, IU is home to a range of clinical milestones and oncology research that has altered numerous treatment standards. For instance, Lawrence Einhorn, MD, an IU physician, revolutionized testicular cancer treatment in the 1970s and improved the cure rate from 10 percent to nearly 95 percent.
Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore). The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center dates back to 1973. It is named after the former chairman of Jones Apparel Group and prominent philanthropist Sidney Kimmel. Each year, more than 2,300 new cancer patients visit the center, which serves as a hub for the advancement of cancer prevention and treatment while closely coordinating clinical care with robust research. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Maryland, the center is home to dozens of discoveries and breakthroughs each year. Most recently, in 2012, Johns Hopkins researchers developed a test that uses cervical fluid from Pap tests to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers.
Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center is home to a head and neck cancer program that is one of only five of its kind in the country. Investigators at Loyola's Oncology Institute have participated in more than 200 studies since 1995 for a range of cancers and treatments, and in 2012, researchers launched a research program focused on immune system therapy for metastatic melanoma patients — the only one of its kind in the Midwest. The center also includes the Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center, which offers hair care and alternatives, massage therapy and other support services to cancer patients.
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). About 60 years after Massachusetts General Hospital opened the first tumor clinic in the country in 1925, it established the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, which is comprised of 24 integrated, multidisciplinary clinical programs and offers more than 400 clinical trials each year. The hospital, which was the first in Massachusetts to receive Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, was ranked seventh in the country for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012-2013 rankings.
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is spread throughout the country, with sites in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester. It includes more than 400 physicians and research scientists, and is comprised of 10 major cancer research programs that translate discoveries into treatments and therapies for patients. In January, Mayo researchers identified an important association between a certain brain enzyme and glioblastomas multiforme, which is one of the most common types of adult brain tumors. The finding is critical for the treatment advancement and tissue regeneration therapy.
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Memorial Hermann includes seven cancer center sites at each of its hospitals in southeast Texas, but the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the newest within the system, as it opened in March 2012. The center is credentialed as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Memorial Hermann-TMC oncologists work with researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School to advance cancer treatments and offer patients personalized therapies. The hospital is also Magnet accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York City). Each year, physicians and experts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center treat more than 400 subtypes of cancer and lead more than 500 clinical trials for pediatric and adult cancers. A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering recently partnered with IBM to collaborate on the development of a tool built upon IBM's Watson that will provide medical professionals with improved access to comprehensive cancer data and practices.
Methodist Hospital (Houston). The Methodist Cancer Center is one of Methodist Hospital's seven centers of excellence. Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Methodist's cancer center was ranked as one of the top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2012-2013. The hospital is academically affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, along with Baylor College of Medicine and other Texas institutions. In December 2012, Methodist Hospital entered into an exclusive agreement with a biomedical institute to develop an investigational drug for glioblastomas, the most malignant type of primary brain cancers.
Mission Hospital (Asheville, N.C.). The Mission Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care in western North Carolina and offers a range of support and navigational services to patients. The center is affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides access to more than 160 clinical trials and more than 300 cancer scientists. In December 2012, Mission also affiliated with Hope Women's Cancer Centers for enhanced gynecologic and breast cancer care. Mission Hospital's cancer program is also part of the Southeast Cancer Control Consortium, which is a Community Clinical Oncology Program funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center (St. Louis). The cancer center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center is committed to offering its patients advanced treatment options and a multidisciplinary medical team. The center's Heartland Cancer Research program is a National Cancer Institute-designated Community Clinical Oncology Program, which makes Missouri Baptist Medical Center one of only 63 community hospitals in the nation to be granted this designation. In 2011, the cancer center at Missouri Baptist was also one of six community oncology centers in the country to receive the Clinical Trials Participation Award presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.). Moffitt Cancer Center was created by the state legislature to address cancer research, prevention and treatment, and is named after H. Lee Moffitt, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. It opened in 1986 on the campus of the University of South Florida and has since become a staple in American cancer care. The center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked Moffitt within the top 50 hospitals for cancer care each year since 1999. The center, which includes one of the largest blood and marrow transplant programs in the southeast, uses sophisticated technology to identify and analyze genetic codes unique to each patient's tumor.
Montefiore Medical Center (New York City). The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care is affiliated with Albert Einstein Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-desginated Cancer Center, for research and clinical trials. Montefiore focuses on multidisciplinary and team-based care delivery that is centered around the patient. Upon their initial referral, patients are matched with a nurse navigator who helps coordinate and guide each step of the care process. This past year, a study led by a researcher at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care found women who are obese or overweight and were diagnosed with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common form of the disease, have a significantly higher risk of recurrence than thinner women.
Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City). The Tisch Cancer Institute at The Mount Sinai Medical Center was established in 2007. The institute includes an ambulatory treatment center and breast center, which opened in 2011 as one of the first sites to offer 3D mammograms. Mount Sinai is one of the few places to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for head and neck cancer, which allows patients to return to their daily routines within days. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mount Sinai as one of the top 50 cancer programs in the country in its 2012-2013 rankings.
Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha). Nebraska Medical Center is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is comprised of 21 cancer centers across the country. The hospital's cancer program is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital extends its cancer care through an extensive survivorship program, which transitions patients from the care of specialists and oncologists back to their primary care provider.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). The Cancer Centers of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are comprised of two institutions — the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; and the Weill Cornell Cancer Center of NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Each year, the centers treat more than 7,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients. In its 2012-2013 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital 17th in the country for cancer care.
NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). The NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center has sites at all three NorthShore hospitals in Chicago's northwestern suburbs. Combined, Kellogg physicians treat roughly 3,700 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, a significant portion of which are breast cancer patients. Kellogg is well-connected for cancer research and clinical trials through its ties with NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute and an academic affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. The center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and participates in a National Cancer Institute-funded Community Clinical Oncology Program.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation is a pillar for cancer care in the Chicagoland area. It received National Cancer Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1998 and offers access to more than 300 interventional clinical trials. Northwestern and the Lurie Cancer Center treat nearly 10,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. The center is home to the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute and the Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care, and all Lurie Cancer Center physicians are also full-time faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Norton Hospital (Louisville, Ky.). The Norton Cancer Institute at Norton Hospital provides treatment for all types of cancer and offers extensive services for cancer's effects on patients' overall wellbeing, such as a behavioral oncology program that provides psychological care to cancer patients. The Norton Cancer Institute gained approval in 2012 to participate in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network clinical trials program. It was reaccredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in 2012.
NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). Part of NYU Langone Medical Center, the NYU Cancer Institute is a translational cancer center that was named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Recently, the institute began launching programs in cancer healthcare disparities, targeted cancer therapies and melanoma, and it is also developing a personalized medicine laboratory to define unique molecular signatures underlying each patient's cancer. While research into the field of personalized medicine for cancer is growing, few cancer centers have set up laboratories to delve into the field themselves.
Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans, La.). Ochsner Medical Center's cancer team treats nearly 2,000 new cancer patients each year, and the medical center is expanding its reach through the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center. Phase one of the new center opened in 2010, and phase two is due to open in the near future. Ochsner is designated as a Community Clinical Oncology Program by the National Cancer Institute. In 2012, the medical center received the Everest Award from Thomson Reuters.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute is the adult patient care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Known as "The James," the center is one of the only freestanding cancer hospitals in the Midwest and one of seven centers in the country funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct Phase I and Phase II clinical trials for new anti-cancer drugs. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was also named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report.
Oklahoma University Medical Center (Oklahoma City). The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the Oklahoma University Medical Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2012, Stephenson Cancer Center began offering proton therapy with the MEVION S250, which is newly approved by the FDA. The center is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Palmetto General Hospital (Hialeah, Fla.). The 19,000-square-foot Oncology Treatment Center at Palmetto General Hospital has been serving cancer patients since 1994. The center offers personalized cancer care and oncology services, such as its "Just For Women" diagnostic center, which offers all-digital mammography and bone densitometry. The hospital was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Salisbury, Md.). The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer services as well as minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery. The institute holds an annual conference dedicated to the diagnosis and management of lung cancer, and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded accreditation with commendation to the institute in 2010.
Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, Pa.). The $31-million Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center opened in 2012 and offers a full range of cancer services. The center was one of the first few in the nation to offer intensity modulated radiation therapy, a treatment in which radiation beams are conformed to the shape of the tumor. Pocono's cancer center has been accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology.
Providence Regional Medical Center (Everett, Wash.). Providence Regional Medical Center's cancer services are run through the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, which was founded in 2007 as the result of a collaboration among Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, The Everett Clinic, Western Washington Medical Group and Northwest Washington Radiology Oncology Associates. The partnership provides patients with access to experts from all four medical groups. The Providence Regional Cancer Partnership is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, N.J.). The Cancer Hospital of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state. The 103-bed hospital is the result of a partnership between Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, which provides patients with access to clinical trials. The hospital has received Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has more than 240 researchers and clinicians. Some successful targeted therapies — treatments that inhibit the growth mechanisms in tumors — like Herceptin were developed based on research conducted at the center. The center has maintained its designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute since 1976.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.). Founded in 1898, the 123-bed Roswell Park Cancer Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. In 2011, the institute had 5,394 admissions. Roswell Park is one of the oldest National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and one of five centers in New York to be designated a Blue Distinction Center for complex and rare cancers by the BlueCross BlueShield Association.
Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). The Rush University Cancer Center comprises all of the cancer-related clinical, research and educational efforts at Rush University Medical Center. The center includes 45 exam rooms, 56 infusion stations and three procedure rooms. Rush's researchers and physicians have long been innovators in cancer care. In 1975, Frank R. Hendrickson, MD, a radiation oncologist at Rush, helped found the Fermilab Cancer Therapy Facility, which is involved in groundbreaking clinical trials involving the use of neutrons in cancer therapy. The center has also received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Sanford USD Medical Center's cancer services are run through Sanford Cancer Center. In 2007, the medical center was selected as a participating site in the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Program, which marked its fifth year of operations with the NCCCP. The Sanford Cancer Center has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville). The University of Florida Shands Cancer Center includes more than 250 researchers and clinicians. The cancer center collaborates with dozens of University of Florida multidisciplinary centers such as the McKnight Brain Institute, Genetics Institute and Proton Therapy Institute — one of only seven such facilities in the nation. Shands Cancer Center was named one of the top 50 cancer programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its 2012-2013 rankings.
Sierra Providence Health Network (El Paso, Texas). The Sierra Providence Health Network is comprised of four acute-care hospitals, and its cancer program is led by cancer specialists including medical oncologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, administrators from the health system's hospitals and representatives from the American Cancer Society. The program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Network Cancer Program.
Sinai Hospital (Baltimore). The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital provides patient-centered oncology care. Its physicians actively participate in clinical research studies and, in 2012, the hospital was one of six hospitals to join an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer national pilot study. The study aims to promote evidence-based evaluation and treatment standards for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who are candidates for surgical lung resection. The hospital was also named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
Skyline Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). The medical center is a part of the TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center Network, which comprises more than 100 medical oncologists, OB/GYN oncologists, hematologists, pathologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists. TriStar Sarah Cannon is the largest community-based, privately funded, diagnostic and treatment center in the country. Its patients have access to clinical trials offered by the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, a global strategic research organization with a network of more than 700 physicians in the United States and United Kingdom.
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care (New Bedford, Mass.). Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care provide cancer patients in the South Coast region with clinical expertise and the latest technology in cancer care, including image-guided radiation therapy and cancer support services, such as patient navigators. The physician-in-chief of Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Therese Mulvey, MD, FASCO, was elected to the American Society of Clinical Oncology's board of directors for a three-year term starting in June 2013. The center also received certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program — a self-assessment and improvement program — which is an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. St. Vincent Cancer Care offers a full range of comprehensive oncology services and a team of approximately 200 oncologists and cancer care professionals. The hospital and cancer program offer specialized oncology rehabilitation services, such as debilitation risk reduction, which helps minimize functional decline during treatment. St. Vincent Cancer Care is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics. More than 300 physicians participate in cancer care, translational medicine and clinical research at Stanford Cancer Institute, which offers more than 250 active clinical trials. The institute is currently recruiting for a clinical trial that aims to identify and characterize novel proteins and genes in head and neck cancer. Stanford Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — one of approximately 40 in the country.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The Klabzuba Cancer Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth provided multidisciplinary care to more than 2,500 newly diagnosed cancer patients in 2011, according to the most recent data available. The center has an inpatient oncology unit with 36 private beds and it maintains a cancer registry for state and federal government reporting. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital has also received Magnet status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The Toledo (Ohio) Hospital. The oncology program at The Toledo Hospital is run by the ProMedica Cancer Institute, which has created the largest cancer registry in northwest Ohio and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. At any one time, more than 150 Phase II and Phase III cancer clinical trials for children and adults are actively conducted at ProMedica. To ease the impact of cancer on children and families, ProMedica offers a three-day camp for children who have loved ones with cancer each summer. The Toledo Hospital was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia). Opened in 1993, The Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has consistently emphasized the transformation of scientific discoveries into patient care. At any given time, patients have the opportunity to take part in one of more than 120 clinical trials conducted at Jefferson. The center at Jefferson is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, and it was named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
UH Case Medical Center (Cleveland). UH Case Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer care through the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. The center has 120 beds and state-of-the-art technology, including one of the world's first PET/MRI machines. The center also provides its patients with access to more than 300 clinical trials. In 2012, the results of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, which was conducted at the center, showed encouraging results for the use of stereotactic radiosurgery — a noninvasive technique — to treat kidney cancer. The center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has a faculty of more than 330 researchers and physicians who treat approximately 5,000 newly diagnosed patients every year. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is recognized around the world as a leader in developing innovative monoclonal antibody approaches to cancer therapy. The center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
University of Arizona Medical Center (Tucson). The University of Arizona Cancer Center was established in 1976 and has a staff of more than 300 physicians and scientists. It has 73 research labs, and its scientists are currently involved in more than 200 clinical trials. The center is one of six in the nation with a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant for gastrointestinal cancers. University of Arizona Medical Center was also named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). The University of California Davis Cancer Center focuses on both clinical care and research. In 2012, UC Davis researchers discovered a new target for lung cancer treatment. The cancer center is also dedicated to understanding why cancer affects people differently, and it established a Population Sciences and Health Disparities Program to further its findings. The University of California Davis Medical Center was named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
University of California San Diego Medical Center. The University of San Diego Moores Cancer Center, established in 1979, is comprised of two structures — a three-story facility for clinical services and a five-story research tower. The center is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, and the University of California San Diego Medical Center was also ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide for cancer care in 2012-2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
University of California San Francisco Medical Center. In 2011, the University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center diagnosed 6,453 individuals with cancer, and its investigators led 262 interventional trials, according to the most recent data available. The center has more than 370 medical professionals, including faculty investigators in laboratory, clinical and population-based research. The center is a member of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, a group made up of leading research centers in the nation that focus on cancer treatment, patient care and community outreach, as well as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers.
University of Chicago Medical Center. The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center has a dedicated team of more than 200 cancer specialists. In 1942, the cancer center's Charles Huggins, MD, was the first to use hormone therapy for cancer patients, which has now become a mainstay of cancer care. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1966 for this finding. The center is a leader in Phase I and other early-phase clinical trials, and it is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois.
University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). University of Colorado Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within an 850-mile radius of the Denver area. Approximately 400 physicians and research scientists work in the center's labs, clinics and community to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer, and the center receives roughly $143 million in direct annual cancer research funding. In its 2012-2013 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Colorado Cancer Center within the top 50 hospitals for cancer care in the country.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state — a designation it has held since 2000. Each year, there are more than 150,000 patient visits to UI Health with a primary diagnosis of cancer. The center also spearheads "bench to bedside" cancer research with more than $74 million in annual cancer related research funding and accessibility to 220 clinical trials.
University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center treats 41,000 patients annually and is home to 215 physicians and researchers. The center also offers its patients access to 215 active clinical trials. The center, which has partnerships with the state of Maryland and the American Cancer Society, is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. It held the 11th spot in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-2013 rankings for the best cancer programs in the country.
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor). University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center provides clinical care and conducts cancer research. In 2012, the center performed 51,884 infusion treatments, and in 2013, researchers at the center identified the genetic mutation for solitary fibrous tumor, a rare cancer seen in only a few hundred people each year. The center is a member of the Michigan Cancer Consortium, a private-public partnership that aims to reduce the burdens that cancer imposes on families. The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers was named one of the top-ranked hospitals for cancer care in 2012-2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis). The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview's cancer program is run through the University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care at Fairview, which is a specialized team of physicians and nurses dedicated to providing cancer care. The center has consistently made contributions to cancer research and prevention, such as pioneering the identification of cancer-causing substances in tobacco. The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview was named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report.
University of North Carolina Hospitals (Chapel Hill). The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 135,000 patient visits every year and offers access to more than 250 clinical trials. Its clinical home is the N.C. Cancer Hospital, which includes 110 physicians who specialize in cancer care. As the state's only public cancer hospital, it includes 50 inpatient beds for medical oncology and bone marrow transplants. The University of North Carolina Hospitals was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CancerCenter provides cancer care to the 74,000 patients treated at its facilities every year. It partners with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, which comprises the academic and research activities of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, to provide care. The institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania.
University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, part of University of Rochester Medical Center, provides patients with a range of surgical, medical and radiation oncology services under one newly completed roof. URMC completed its $60.1 million cancer center expansion this past year, unveiling a facility that was designed based on patients' input. Researchers with University of Rochester Medical Center made significant strides in research on several strands of human papillomavius, including those that cause cervical cancer. Their research led to the development of Gardasil, the first anti-cancer vaccine.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston). MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the largest and most respected cancer centers in the nation. In 2012, the center provided care for about 115,000 patients, with nearly one-third of them being newly diagnosed. MD Anderson is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with its own emergency center. MD Anderson invested more than $647 million in research in 2012 and launched a new Moon Shots Program to accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical care. MD Anderson Cancer Center was ranked as the top hospital in the country for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report in 2012-2013.
University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville). The cancer center at the University of Virginia Health System features a gynecologic oncology clinic, infusion center, neuro-oncology center and a radiation oncology center. It was the first center in the nation to purchase and install the first TomoTherapy TomoHD, a radiation treatment system that allows for two types of beams to target the tumor. The center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, one of 63 in the country.
University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). The University of Washington Medical Center partners with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle and Seattle Children's through the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In 2011, with more than 300 oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and research physicians, SCCA treated more than 5,500 patients, according to the most recent data available. The University of Washington Medical Center has also been awarded Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence.
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics cancer program is run through the Carbone Cancer Center. The center, opened in 1973, includes a medical staff of more than 250 physicians and offers more than 250 clinical trials. It started conducting Phase I clinical trials in 1979 and was among only six centers in the country to receive funding from the National Cancer Institute to do so. The Carbone Cancer Center has also been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (Los Angeles). The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to more than 200 scientists and physicians. The cancer center was one of the first eight National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country. Over the years, it has been responsible for many important scientific advances in cancer research, including clarifying the links between steroid hormones and breast and prostate cancer. More recently, research identifying certain genes that have to be turned off for cancer cells to survive, conducted at the center, was named one of the 20 major advances in cancer research in 2012 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
USMD Hospital at Arlington (Texas). The cancer services of USMD Hospital at Arlington are run through the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders that recently opened a new location inside the hospital. The center includes more than 20 cancer specialists and more than 100 healthcare professionals. In 2010, all 10 of the center's locations were certified as one of 23 oncology practices in the nation to meet the quality standards for the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, a new program offered as an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The USMD Hospital at Arlington was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to nearly 300 researchers and physician-scientists and more than 100 physicians. It treats approximately 5,400 newly diagnosed cancer patients every year. The center aims to combine clinical oncology and cancer-related research to provide comprehensive services and treatments. Around 120 clinical trials are offered by the center at any given time. In 2008, the center's current director, Jennifer A. Pietenpol, PhD, was invited to join the President's National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2012, the center was named one of the top teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters.
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond). The Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center treats approximately 13,800 patients every year. Scientists and physicians collaborate at Massey to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and the center offers more than 150 clinical trials. In 2012, Massey headed a clinical trial that used a radiation device, called the Contura Multilumen Balloon, to treat breast cancer. The trial is currently in its second phase. The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's comprehensive cancer center is home to more than 120 clinicians representing all aspects of cancer care. The center, which is the primary tertiary referral center in the region, also provides patients with access to nearly 250 clinical trials. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was named to the 2012-2013 list of top-ranked hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
WellStar Kennestone Hospital (Marietta, Ga.). The cancer program at WellStar Kennestone Hospital aims to combine individualized cancer care with the latest technologies, such as video-assisted thoracic surgery and laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, a minimally invasive procedure. The program, which has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, was the first in Georgia to use the CyberKnife radiosurgery system.
Winthrop-University Hospital (Mineola, N.Y.). The Institute for Cancer Care at Winthrop-University Hospital is committed to both clinical care and research, and it offers a number of clinical trials. Physicians at the center performed more than 1,343 treatments of CyberKnife radiosurgery and approximately 1,300 treatments of intensity-modulated radiation therapy in 2010, according to the most recent data available. Winthrop-University Hospital was named one of America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2013 by CareChex.
Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital's cancer services are run through the Smilow Cancer Hospital, which is affiliated with the Yale Cancer Center, part of Yale School of Medicine. Smilow has 12 multidisciplinary cancer teams to provide individualized care to its patients, who have access to clinical trials conducted at the Yale Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Smilow builds on the scientific traditions of the Yale University, as the medical oncology section of the university was the first to successfully use chemotherapy at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1942.
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