If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with stage IV cancer, you need to seek treatment by one of the best hospitals in order to win your battle. If you are like most people diagnosed with cancer, you don’t know where to turn to find that information. Fortunately, U.S. News and World Report create an annual list of the best cancer hospitals in the nation.
How Are the Best Hospitals Determined?
According to U.S. News, the hospitals are rated heaviest based on the survival rates of patients. They also survey top specialists from the top-rated hospitals. The specialists are asked for their personal opinion of which hospitals they consider the top five hospitals in the country. That information is combined with statistical information to form the annual rankings.
How Can The Rankings Help You?
Based on which part of your body the cancer is located, you can be treated at a hospital that ranks not only high for cancer treatment, but also in the area of specialty for the location of the cancer. For instance, if you have endometrial cancer, you can choose a hospital that ranked highly in gynecology and in cancer treatment.
The Nation’s Top 10 Cancer Hospitals
The following hospitals have been ranked the Top 10 Hospitals in the U.S. for 2016-2017. Following each hospital is a list of other specialties and rankings they also earned.
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
This teaching hospital ranks the highest in the nation for cancer treatment. They also ranked nationally as #9 for Ear, Nose, and Throat and Gynecology, and #36 in Urology, in addition to their top ranking for cancer.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
A teaching hospital, Memorial Sloan Cancer Center placed as #2 in Gynecology, #5 in Urology, and #21 in Ear, Nose, and Throat specialties.
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Mayo Clinic ranks as #1 in the following specialties; Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. It also ranked highly in the following specialties: #2 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Ear, Nose, and Throat, Orthopedics; #4 in Rheumatology; #6 in Rehabilitation; and #8 in Psychiatry.
- Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA
This small hospital placed highly as a cancer hospital, at #4.
- UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Another teaching hospital, UCLA ranks high in a number of specialties, including: #2 in Geriatrics; #3 in Urology; #4 in Ears, Nose, and Throat; #5 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery and Ophthalmology; #6 in Rheumatology; #7 in Nephrology and Psychiatry; #8 in Neurology and Neurosurgery; #9 in Pulmonology, #10 in Gynecology; #12 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery; #18 in Orthopedics; #27 in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
- Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute also placed as #48 in Urology in addition to #6 in cancer.
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance scored very high in patient safety, in addition to its cancer ranking.
- Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic is a teaching hospital that ranks high in the following specialties: #1 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery; #2 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Nephrology, and Urology; #3 in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology; #6 in Neurology and Neurosurgery, #8 in Geriatrics and Ophthalmology, #12 in Ears, Nose, and Throat.
- John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
John Hopkins, which is a teaching hospital, ranked highly in the these specialties: #1 in Rheumatology; #2 in Neurology and Neurosurgery; #3 Ears, Nose, and Throat, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, and Ophthalmology ; #4 in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Urology; #5 in Nephrology; #7 in Gynecology; #9 in Cardiology and Orthopedics; and #13 in Pulmonology.
- UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
This teaching hospital ranks high in the following specialties, in addition to cancer: #3 in Nephrology; #4 in Gynecology; #5 in Neurology and Neurosurgery; #6 in Diabetes and Endocrinology; #7 in Urology, #10 in Orthopedics and Rheumatology; #11 in Ear, Nose, and Throat; #12 in Ophthalmology and Psychiatry; #15 in Geriatrics; #45 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.
What Should You Do With This Information?
As a cancer patient, information is your weapon against cancer. Use the above information to educate yourself and make an informed decision on which hospital is right for you. If there are no hospitals on this list located near you, don’t worry. Click here to view a full list of the Top 50 Cancer Hospitals in the nation.
Keep in mind that high quality care of stage IV cancer is critical to survival, so this decision will be one of the most important ones you make in your life.