There are dozens of cancer treatment hospitals in the United States, specializing in treating many forms of cancer. The best cancer treatment hospitals are ranked annually by US News and World Report, based on patient death rates, hospital reputation, and patient safety along with other medical factors such as nursing staff and technologies that are offered at the hospital. These and other hospitals collaborate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which coordinates the U.S. National Cancer Program and conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other activities related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; the supportive care of cancer patients and their families; and cancer survivorship.

The NCI has set up a network of 12 Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs) linking the physical sciences to the study of cancer.

The NCI has set up a network of 12 Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs) linking the physical sciences to the study of cancer.

1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) is one of the original three comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, and is widely regarded as the best cancer hospital in the United States, having topped U.S. News & World Report for ten of the past twelve years, including 2013. The hospital’s International Center provides information for the hundreds of patients who go to MD Anderson Cancer Center from outside the United States each year.

2. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY) has long been a leader in cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and is the world’s largest and oldest dedicated cancer hospital. It was the first to develop services specifically dedicated to the psychiatric aspects of cancer, to the relief of cancer pain, and to genetic counseling. The hospital’s website provides information for international patients.

3. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (Rochester, MN) is the first and largest integrated not-for-profit medical group practice in the world, employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence. The hospital’s Patient and Visitor Guide provides international services to help ensure that distance and language are not obstacles to receiving world-class care.

4. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest hospitals. The hospital’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center was recognized early on by the National Cancer Institute, becoming one of the first to earn comprehensive cancer center status and recognition as a “Center of Excellence.” The hospital’s website provides International Patient Services for patients traveling to Johns Hopkins from outside the United States, and collaborates with affiliates across the world to improve health care globally.

5. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (Boston, MA) is part of a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, and is also a major affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The International Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a complete service for patients visiting the hospital from countries outside the United States.

Honorable mentions: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA); UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA); University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle, WA); Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH); Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Palo Alto, CA); UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA); Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, NC); Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL); City of Hope (Duarte, CA).

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