30 Most Technologically Advanced Cancer Centers in the World

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By Iris Stone
March 2016

Welcome to our ranking of the 30 most technologically advanced cancer centers in the world.

What does it mean to be “high-tech” in medicine? How do we determine the hospitals that are truly the “best”? Opinions undoubtedly vary, and we understand that first and foremost, patients should seek the type and variety of care that they feel is right for them.

Methodology

When it comes specifically to technologically-advanced cancer centers, we considered two main factors: the range and quality of cutting-edge treatment options (this includes state-of-the-art facilities, operating rooms, and patient services as well as top-of-the-line diagnostic, imaging, and surgical methods/equipment) and the range and sophistication of innovative research practices. For this reason, many of the cancer centers we have included are associated with major research universities and/or national research institutions.

In an effort to preserve the international aspect of this ranking, we intentionally sought to include hospitals from many regions outside of North America. Unfortunately, language barriers, a lack of web presence, poor translations, and/or limited access to information can – and did – impede this process. Thus, we focused on finding sources that could lead us directly to the top medical centers in other countries, such as Newsweek’s article on the Best of Asia’s Healthcare Facilities and this list of Eurocan Platform member institutions. Within the United States, we focused exclusively on American College of Surgeon-accredited hospitals with designated NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers (see the sources at the end of this article for more information).

With an initial list of more than 100 top cancer centers around the world, we researched each individually and took note of the high-tech features they offer related to research, medical expertise, and patient care. Initially, we used quantity as a general guideline and counted the technologically-advanced resources available at each cancer center. However, we also studied each institution in order to assess variety and quality of resources, as well as regional and national impact, then determined the final ranking from there. For example, an institution with many high-tech features but whose services are limited to one area (ex: radiotherapy) would not score as well as a smaller hospital with numerous cancer specialties, effective research programs, and access to clinical trials.

For our readers’ convenience, we have also included a list of “high-tech specs” along with the descriptions of each top cancer hospital. Although these lists are not necessarily comprehensive, our hope is that they will impart a general sense of the technologically-advanced programs and treatments from which patients might benefit.

Oceania Oncology Best Cancer Hospitals
A wide variety of cutting-edge radiotherapy treatments make Oceania Oncology a top choice for cancer patients living in Australia.

30. Oceania Oncology

Maroochydore, QLD, Australia

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Although this is not a combined hospital-research center like many of the other institutions on this list) Oceania Oncology still has plenty to offer in the way of high-tech treatment. At this radiotherapy specialist center, medical professionals use Varian and Elekta linear accelerators in conjunction with treatment planning software from Varian, Elekta, Mosaiq and Monaco to provide accurate and effective treatment for a variety of cancers. In addition, clinicians treating prostate cancer have access to fiducial gold seed implants that provide a highly reliable picture of treatment progress. The staff even uses iPads for completely paperless planning and treatment setup. Oceania Oncology patients can participate in national and internationally led clinical trials as well as in-house studies performed by the team at this high-tech cancer center.

High Tech Specs: Linear accelerator, Varian accelerator, IRGT, CT/MRI fusion, CT Pet Fusion

Macarthur Cancer Centers Best Cancer Hospitals
Also in Australia, the MacArthur Cancer Service provides a variety of cancer services – including reiki and acupuncture – to residents of New South Wales.

29. MacArthur Cancer Service

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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The Macarthur Cancer Service is a network of three high-tech cancer centers in New South Wales that provides radiotherapy via both linear accelerators and brachytherapy. The Liverpool location also offer apheresis services for stem cell and blood treatments, and all locations are connected by videoconferencing for collaboration with colleagues at universities and hospitals across Sydney. This top cancer center prioritizes patient comfort and well-being by offering clinical psychology services, social work, and even a transport service. And the Wellness Centre that provides therapies to both patients and their primary caregivers, including massage, reiki, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and exercise programs.

High Tech Specs: Videoconferencing, linear accelerators, brachytherapy, Advanced electronic chemotherapy system, XIO planning system for CT scanning

James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute Best Cancer Hospitals
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute combines the best aspects of research, diagnostics, and high-tech cancer treatments into one location.

28. James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute

Columbus, OH, United States

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As a part of The Ohio State University, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute features a unique combination of facilities – a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center, a high-quality academic cancer program, and a freestanding cancer hospital on the campus of OSU. This high-tech cancer center employs more than 200 oncologists, each of whom specializes in just one type of cancer. Healthcare providers at James have a broad range of tools at their disposal, including the da Vinci robotic surgery system, gene sequencers, and cytometry instrumentation. Surgical oncology innovations at this top cancer center include a “through-the-mount” robot-assisted surgical technique for head and neck tumors.

High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted surgery, 10+ specialty centers, Genetic sequencing

Peter Maccallum Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
The Peter Maccallum Health Centre is currently preparing to move into a new state-of-the-art facility, which will establish it as one of the most high-tech cancer treatment centers in Australia.

27. Peter Maccallum Health Centre

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Located in the Australian state of Victoria, the Peter Maccallum Health Center is made up of five high-tech cancer treatment locations that together employ over 2,500 healthcare workers. Research is a top priority at Peter Mac, and the hospital’s research wing includes over 500 employees across 16 departments. In addition to state-of-the-art radiotherapy and surgical oncology facilities, Peter Mac provides unique treatments like apheresis, which allows clinicians to filter malignant components from a patient’s blood. And in June of 2016, this top cancer hospital will move to a brand-new building with state-of-the-art treatment facilities and over 80,000 square feet of research space.

High Tech Specs: Apheresis hematology treatments, Genetic testing, Digital mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Unit with biopsy capabilities, 24-hour onsite pathology services

University of Washington Medical Center Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Best Cancer Hosptials
This Seattle-based collaboration brings together a trifecta of top cancer treatment providers and offers equal strength in research, training, and patient care.

26. University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Seattle, WA, United States

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The University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a collaboration between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and the Seattle Children’s Hospital. This focus on teamwork carries through to patient care, which is multidisciplinary by design and has produced new techniques in palliative care, infection control, and personalized therapies. Surgeons at this top cancer hospital have more than a decade of experience with the da Vinci Surgical System and the surgical oncology department has developed a technique in which two surgeons work together during a single operation.

High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted surgery, Precision medicine, Research in genetic mutations, Nanotechnology, Stem-cell transplantation, UW-OncoPlex cancer gene sequencing

Oslo Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
The Oslo Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a powerhouse of biomedical research, with innovative and technologically-advanced cancer treatment options that directly benefit patients at the university hospital.

25. Oslo Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Oslo, Norway

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Biomedical research is at the center of this high-tech cancer center at Oslo University Hospital, which works closely with the University of Oslo in building its clinical research program. The Centre operates an Institute for Cancer Research with more than 320 employees and seven unique research departments. With expertise in biochemistry, cell and tumor biology, genetics, radiation biology, immunology, and cancer prevention, this top cancer hospital makes it a priority to channel the results of its research directly into clinical care, ensuring patients receive some of the most cutting-edge treatments in the world.

High Tech Specs: Advanced imaging with confocal microscopy, Electron microscopy, Superresolution capabilities, Flow cytometry and pre-clinical imaging, Genomics sequencing facility, Bioinformatics research, Stem-cell based tumor therapy

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
A cutting-edge drug discovery program and top breast cancer research center contribute to Georgetown’s standing as one of the best cancer centers in the world.

24. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Northwest, Washington, D.C., United States

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The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center provides treatment for nearly every kind of cancer, but it is also home to two particularly unique programs. The Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research is one of the top breast cancer research institutions in the world, and the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers combines clinical care, research, and advocacy to fight some of the most common and deadly cancers. The Georgetown University Medical Center also features a Center for Drug Discovery that works to discover and develop state-of-the-art anti-cancer drugs for Phase I trials at Lombardi.

High Tech Specs: Capitol Breast Care Center, Heredity Cancer and Clinical Genomics Center, Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
Although the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the younger institutions on this list, it has wasted no time stocking its facilities with high-tech equipment and telemedicine capabilities.

23. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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The high-tech cancer hospital facility at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is less than ten years old, but it is equipped to the gills with modern facilities – including a telemedicine conference center and ample space for family members or caregivers to accompany patients through treatment. This top cancer center boasts state-of-the-art radiotherapy technology, including image-guided therapy, linear accelerators with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, and modern CT and PET scanners. Lineberger is also home to a special Clinical Trials Unit that ensures patients at UNC receive some of the newest and most innovative treatments available.

High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Image guided radiation therapy, High-dose rate radiation therapy, Telemedicine capabilities

Vall dHebron Institute of Oncology Best Cancer Hospitals
One of the top European cancer centers is located in Barcelona, where Vall d’Hebron researchers are working hard to develop new technologies through innovative research practices.

22. Vall D’Hebron Institute of Oncology

Barcelona, Spain

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The Institute of Oncology at Vall D’Hebron in Catalonia is designed to shorten the pipeline from research to treatment; the hospital is home to four research teams that specialize in preclinical research, translational research, clinical research, and “core technologies,” where scientists study cancer genomics, proteomics, molecular oncology, and translational genomics. This top cancer center has steadily grown its clinical trial program since 1999 to include over 800 patients last year. The hospital itself is the largest in Barcelona and includes a medical school, public health facilities, and other complementary facilities – including recreational areas and a beauty salon!

High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Stereotaxy systems, Intensity modulated radiotherapy, Stereotactic radiotherapy, clinical trials

Epworth Radiation Oncology Best Cancer Hospitals
Another radiotherapy-focused cancer center located in Australia, Epworth Radiation Oncology houses plenty of technologically advanced equipment – including linear accelerators.

21. Epworth Radiation Oncology

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Epworth HealthCare operates several high-tech cancer hospitals in and around Melbourne. The Radiation Oncology center offers every type of external beam radiation therapy, including image-guided radiation therapy and 3D planning computer systems. The center is also the largest Australian provider of the Calypso™ 4D Localization System. Epworth also operates a Cancer Services Clinical Institute that promotes collaboration between surgeons, physicians, diagnostic experts, and allied health personnel, among others. Clinicians have particular expertise in bone marrow transplantation, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy, as well as complementary therapy and palliative care and pain management.

High Tech Specs: Stereotactic radiosurgery, Linear accelerator, Non-invasive treatment for tumors, Localization of tumors with sub millimeter accuracy, Continual Imaging

Institut Gustave Roussy Best Cancer Hospitals
The Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the best cancer hospitals in Europe for patients with rare cancers.

20. Institut Gustave Roussy

Villejuif, France

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Advertised as “the premier European Cancer Centre,” the Institut Gustave Roussy is certainly big – the high-tech cancer hospital employs 3,000 employees, more than 200 doctors, and 300 researchers in the Parisian suburb of Villejuif. Gustave Roussy combines care, research, and teaching – along with 70 years of experience in treating cancer – into one of the best cancer centers in the world. Researchers and clinicians concentrate their work on molecular medicine, anti-tumor immunology, DNA repair, and rare cancers. The hospital is also home to a translational research platform to help clinicians draw on basic research knowledge in developing treatment protocols.

High Tech Specs: Radiotherapy, Immunotherapy, Hormone therapy, Surgical radiology, DNA repair, Rare cancer research

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Best Cancer Hospitals
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital stands out on this ranking as one of the only high-tech cancer centers located in Asia.

19. Hong Kong Adventist Hospital

Hong Kong, China

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Patients at the Hong Kong Adventist Oncology Center benefit from a multidisciplinary team that uses a variety of state-of-the-art treatment technologies, including TomoTherapy (a type of precise radiation therapy) and the only CyberKnife system in Hong Kong. The da Vinci Surgery System enables surgeons to use minimally invasive surgical techniques for complex procedures to treat colorectal and prostate cancers. Beyond the standard treatment options, Hong Kong’s top cancer hospital also offers patients nutritional guidance, spiritual support, and even a patient pick-up service that provides local transportation to the Oncology Center.

High Tech Specs: Da Vinci robotic surgery, Tomo therapy, Cyber knife surgery, Nuclear medicine

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital Best Cancer Hospitals
From state-of-the-art imaging to precision targeting for radiosurgery, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital is one of the top radiotherapy specialists in Australia.

18. Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital

Waratah, NSW, Australia

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The Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in Australia provides four-dimensional treatment planning to ensure that patients receive treatment that takes into account their cancer, current health, and comprehensive medical history. Calvary also offers a wide range of radiotherapy technologies, including stereotactic radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and volumetric modulated arc therapy. Clinicians are trained on the Varian TrueBeam™ system, which combines state-of-the-art imaging, high dose-rate radiation, and precision targeting for cutting-edge radiosurgery. Breast cancer patients can take advantage of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold treatment, and all patients will appreciate the social work, nutrition and dietetics, speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology services.

High Tech Specs: SRT, SBRT, IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, Deep Inspiration Breath Hold, 4D Treatment Planning

Townsville Cancer Centre Best Cancer Hospitals
Unlike other smaller hospitals, the Townsville Cancer Centre works to stay on the cutting-edge of treatment options by offering clinical trials and international resources.

17. Townsville Cancer Centre

Douglas, QLD, Australia

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One of Townsville Cancer Centre’s main objectives is to address the ongoing inequality between rural and indigenous patients and their urban counterparts. The facility uses telemedicine to provide a wide range of cancer services to patients across Queensland, offering essential services like bone marrow transplantation, radiation oncology, and palliative care. Townsville’s patients can participate in multinational and multicenter clinical trials and have access to high-dose brachytherapy treatment as well as both conventional and modulated radiotherapy. In addition, this top cancer center has an extensive Allied Health program that employs dietitians, psychologists, speech pathologists, and other specialists to ensure patients get all the care they need.

High Tech Specs: Linear accelerators, Superficial radiotherapy unit, High dose rate brachytherapy afterloader, CT simulator with 4D technology, Blood and stem cell transplants

Genesis Cancer Care Best Cancer Hospitals
With more than two-dozen locations across the country, Genesis Cancer Care is a ubiquitous name in high-tech cancer treatment in Oceania.

16. Genesis Cancer Care

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Genesis Cancer Care offers a comprehensive set of radiotherapy treatments across Australia. With 25 locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia, Genesis provides state-of-the-art techniques for patients anywhere down under. Clinicians use image-guided radiation therapy and patients have access to intensity modulated radiation therapy as well as both stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. Genesis also offers brachytherapy for breast cancer as part of a treatment known as accelerated partial breast irradiation, while Gamma Knife® radio surgery technology provides precision treatment for patients with brain cancers.

High Tech Specs: External Beam Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradation, GammaKnife Radio Surgery

Apollo Hospital Best Cancer Hospitals
The Apollo Hospitals Network is putting India on the map of technologically advanced cancer hospitals, thanks to innovative treatment options like robot-assisted surgery and proton beam therapy.

15. Apollo Hospitals

Chennai, India (also Bangladesh, Kuwait, & Qatar)

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Apollo Hospitals operates nine high-tech cancer centers across India and employs more than 100 surgeons and radiologists. Doctors use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools like molecular and genetic profiling, where cancer tissue samples are evaluated for their vulnerability to various treatments. Apollo utilizes high-tech procedures such as image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and the da Vinci robotic surgery system. The hospital is also currently in the process of constructing an advanced proton therapy facility, which will further augment the hospital’s state-of-the-art resources. The treatment options at Apollo are truly comprehensive and include medical, surgical, and radiation oncology as well as stem cell and bone marrow transplantation.

High Tech Specs: Proton Therapy System, Advanced diagnostic techniques, Generation-next therapeutics, Robotic cancer surgery, Integrated pathology

University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
The Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned a renowned reputation for its focus on novel therapies and preventative methods for cancer treatment.

14. University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chicago, IL, United States

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The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Chicago aims to connect cancer research and treatment in an integrated environment that fosters collaboration between researchers, caregivers, and clinicians. The 200 scientists working at this technologically advanced cancer hospital focus on four main areas: intensive prevention programs for individuals at high risk, ground-breaking technologies for early detection of cancer, development of novel therapies, and survivorship. The facilities at the Comprehensive Cancer Center are massive; researchers have access to hundreds of thousands of square feet of laboratory space and the ten-story Center for Care and Discovery is a modern “hospital for the future.”

High Tech Specs: Gene Expression Profiling, SNP Genotyping, Methylation Profiling, Biostatistics Core Facility, Embryonic stem cell manipulation, Cytometry and antibody technology

Netherlands Cancer Institute Best Cancer Hospitals
With more than a century of experience in research and patient care, the Netherlands Cancer Institute easily earns a place as one of the best cancer hospitals in the world.

13. Netherlands Cancer Institute

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The 103 year-old Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is one of the oldest high-tech cancer hospitals on this list, and with a staff of 650 scientists, 185 medical specialists, 180 beds, 12 operating theaters, and 11 radiotherapy rooms, it is undoubtedly one of the top cancer hospitals in the world. The NKI is home to several centralized technology facilities available for use by scientists from across the institute, including a biostatistics center, electron microscope facility, carcinogen laboratory, and genomics core facility. And the hospital’s structured hierarchy provides clinicians with the opportunity to specialize in one of 15 divisions, such as Biological Stress Response, Gene Regulation, or Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology.

High Tech Specs: Biostatistics center, Carcinogen lab, Flow cytometry center, Genomics core facility, Molecular pathology

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
For cancer patients who are interested in clinical trials, the Seidman Cancer Center offers plenty of innovative treatment options at its high-tech facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

12. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Cleveland, OH, United States

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The Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland boasts a number of firsts – it was the first cancer hospital in Ohio to offer CyberKnife technology, the first cancer hospital in the United States to use intra-operative MRI, and the only cancer hospital in the world that uses a combination PET/MRI scanner for diagnosis. Other technologies at Seidman include TomoTherapy and Gamma Knife® Perfexion for highly accurate brain radiosurgery. This top cancer center also emphasizes access to clinical trials. There are more than 300 currently active experiments at Seidman, and a full 20% of patients participate in trials during the course of their stay.

High Tech Specs: Gamma Ray Surgery, Cyberknife Surgery, Neuroblate System, Endoscopic techniques, Intraoperative MRI

Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre Best Cancer Hospitals
The Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre combines holistic, wellness-based treatment with the latest and greatest in modern medical care.

11. Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre

Heidelberg, VIC, Australia

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The concept of “wellness” is at the heart of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre’s mission. This top cancer center takes a holistic approach to treatment that focuses on treating every patient as a “whole person; body, mint and spirit.” The ONJC’s Wellness Center is a free-standing facility featuring landscaped gardens and private reflection rooms, and the building was designed for patient comfort with thoughtful design choices like passive chilled beams instead of air conditioning. Dedicated departments provide cutting-edge immunotherapy, apheresis, and genetic counseling, and the hospital’s world-class Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research prioritizes translational research and clinical trials.

High Tech Specs: Clinical genetics, Specialist hematology clinics, Melanoma and cancer vaccine research, Cancer epigenetics, Molecular diagnostics, state-of-the-art operating theaters

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre Best Cancer Hospitals
From experimental therapeutics to molecular oncology, the Spanish National Cancer Research Center is one of the best in the world at connecting patients to technologically advanced cancer treatment options.

10. Spanish National Cancer Research Center

Madrid, Spain

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The Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) in Madrid is rare among European cancer centers in its focus on integrating basic and applied research to transfer scientific knowledge as quickly as possible into clinical practice. In 2010, the CNIO established a special Clinical Research Program that emphasizes the importance of connecting patients at this high-tech cancer center to cutting-edge clinical trials that could both improve their lives and further cancer research. And with programs in molecular oncology, human cancer genetics, and experimental therapeutics, patients are sure to receive some of the most advanced treatments available.

High Tech Specs: International clinical trials, Research in pediatric tumor treatment, Human cancer genetics, Experimental therapeutics, Structural biology and Biocomputing, DNA sequencing, Cytogenetics, Advanced histopathology processing

Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Best Cancer Hospitals
Treating more than 40,000 patients annually, the Christie Hospital has worked hard to earn so many people’s trust as one of the top cancer centers in the world.

9. Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Withington, Manchester, United Kingdom

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The Christie is Europe’s largest single-site cancer center, treating more than 44,000 patients a year! This high-tech cancer hospital in Manchester is home to some of the largest radiotherapy and chemotherapy departments in the world and even provides a mobile chemotherapy unit for in-home treatment. The hospital will soon be home to a high-energy proton beam therapy center that will make it one of only two in the United Kingdom. The Christie is highly focused on research and works hard to ensure that patients have access to clinical trials whenever possible, especially in the fields of imaging, nuclear medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, medical oncology, genetics, palliative care, and specialist nursing.

High Tech Specs: Integrated Procedures Unit, Proton beam therapy, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, Clinical trials

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
High-tech surgical practices and specialized cancer treatments make the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a top destination for patients and researchers alike.

8. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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The Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC Norris puts the integration of research, patient care, and education at the center of its mission. Its clinicians have expertise treating a wide variety of cancers, including blood, breast, colorectal, and neurological, plus specialized experience with bone marrow transplantation and genetic counseling. With Gamma Knife® Perfexion, CyberKnife, and TrueBeam™ radiotherapy technologies, this high-tech cancer hospital is fully equipped with plenty of cutting edge treatment options. USC Norris also prioritizes translational research to ensure that patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center benefit from the innovative work of USC scientists.

High Tech Specs: Gamma knife surgery, Perfexion, Cyberknife surgery, True Beam Radiotherapy System, Robot-assisted surgery, Gene therapy

Princess Margaret Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
Of all the high-tech cancer centers on this list, Princess Margaret Hospital is the only one located in Canada – but what the country lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality!

7. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network

Toronto, ON, Canada

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First and foremost, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network is BIG. The institution employs 3,000 staff members and houses 130 beds, 17 radiation treatment rooms, and hundreds of thousands of patient visits every year. Princess Margaret also employs nearly 60 surgical oncologists in one of the most comprehensive surgical cancer care programs in Canada, and the department is always innovating – recently developed treatment options include radio-guided seed localization for intra-operative localization of breast cancers, robotic surgery procedures for prostate cancer, and a specialized program for peritoneal cancers. As one of the best cancer hospitals in Canada, Princess Margaret also offers Gamma Knife® surgery and a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department.

High Tech Specs: Stem cell research, Cell signaling, Genomics, Protemics, Bioinformatics

Wake Forest University Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
Wake Forest University houses a growing technologically-advanced cancer center that offers state-of-the-art treatments options like Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy and Gamma Knife radio surgery.

6. Wake Forest University Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center

Winston-Salem, NC, United States

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As one of the top cancer centers in the country, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University employs over 100 clinicians who specialize in an impressively broad range of fields, from geriatric to pediatric oncology. Wake Forest offers cutting-edge technology like Elekta Axesse™ radiotherapy, Gamma Knife® radio surgery, and brachytherapy – the latter of which receives special focus within a specialized Integrated Brachytherapy Unit. Patients have access to clinical studies that focus on managing side effects like nausea and vomiting, reducing cognitive impairment from brain cancer treatment, and improving general quality of life for patients.

High Tech Specs: Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy, Axsee Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, Gamma Knife, Brachytherapy, STAR tumor Ablation, Interventional Radiology

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
The New York-based Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is widely known as one of the best cancer hospitals in the world – and for good reason!

5. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY, United States

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The technologically advanced cancer hospital at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is the oldest and largest cancer hospital in the world and boasts more than 130 years of experience. With locations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and New Jersey, this top cancer center is accessible throughout the East Coast of the United States. The physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering have extensive experience with stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, and this high-tech cancer hospital was even selected by IBM to “teach” the Jeopardy-winning artificial intelligence system Watson to suggest treatment options for cancer patients.

High Tech Specs: Stem cell transplantation, Interventional radiology, Minimal-access surgery, Robot-assisted surgery, Hyper-thermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, Intraoperative radiation therapy, Artemis intraoperative imaging technology, Immune checkpoint blockade therapy, Clinical trials in cancer vaccines

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
For cancer patients living in Texas, there is no better place to seek treatment than at the high-tech Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

4. University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX, United States

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The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas is home to a wide variety of specialized care centers that treat specific types of cancer – including gastrointestinal, thoracic, and endocrine – and provide stem cell transplantation, reconstructive surgery, and proton therapy. Many of these care departments, like the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Center, are some of the largest and most advanced in the country. And in the area of research, M.D. Anderson also operates dozens of labs that focus on everything from nanomedicine to neuroimmunology and provide valuable data to Anderson clinicians.

High Tech Specs: Laser interstatial thermal therapy, APBI, Proton Therapy, SBRT, SRS, Stem Cell Transplant Research

Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
In addition to being one of the most technologically advanced cancer hospitals in the world, Johns Hopkins is also one of the leading research institutions in genome sequencing and genetic therapy.

3. Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Baltimore, MD, United States

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Kimmel Cancer Center Director William Nelson describes his facility’s attitude toward innovation as “the latest, plus some.” Kimmel is indeed one of the most technologically advanced cancer hospitals in the world. The facility has been on the forefront of genetic cancer research for decades; researchers at Hopkins completed the first map of a cancer genome and helped define cancer as a genetic disease, and today Kimmel offers genetic testing and counseling as well as genetic therapies for cancer. Hopkins’ world-class facilities include three recently constructed facilities for cancer treatment, research, and education, and there are even two residences for patients who have traveled long distances to access Hopkins’ top-notch care.

High Tech Specs: Robot-assisted cancer surgeries, Signal transduction, Cell cycle regulation, DNA repair, Immunology, Plasmapherisis, Stem cell transplants, Melanoma vaccine research

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Best Cancer Hospitals
Cutting-edge treatment options like Balloon kyphoplasty and photodynamic therapy easily distinguish the Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a top international cancer treatment center.

2. Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Buffalo, NY, United States

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Specialization is the name of the game at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. The facility performs research in genetics, cell stress biology, immunology, molecular biology, and more, and its Center for Personalized Medicine uses a proprietary OmniSeq program to ensure that even routine cancer care incorporates personalized genomic medicine. Roswell also offers a number of unique treatments and services, including acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ATLENS) that helps patients who suffer from the intense dry mouth sometimes associated with radiation treatments. Surgeons at Roswell have a broad range of expertise in dozens of complex procedures, from awake craniotomies to advanced endoscopies.

High Tech Specs: Electronerve stimulation, Advanced endoscopy, Balloon kyphoplasty, Interventional Pulmonology, Interventional radiology, Nuclear medicine, Photodynamic therapy

Hospital of the University of PA Abramson Cancer Center Best Cancer Hospitals
As a national leader in cancer research, technological innovation, and patient care, it’s unsurprising that the Abramson Cancer Center earns the #1 spot on this ranking.

1. Hospital of the University of PA – Abramson Cancer Center

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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The Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the best cancer center because of its focus on innovation, translational medicine, and cutting-edge technology. Along with one of the largest clinical trials programs in the country, Abramson has “Translational Centers of Excellence” for breast, blood, lung, and pancreatic cancers that ensure Penn patients receive state-of-the-art care. There’s almost no procedure that Penn won’t do; physicians perform bone marrow and stem cell transplantation; hormone, photodynamic, and proton therapy, and many others. Penn researchers also have a history of important breakthroughs and are responsible for establishing the current treatment standards for lung cancer.

High Tech Specs: Bone marrow and stem cell transplant program, Cancer risk evaluation program, GI Cancer Program, Genitournary cancer program, HIV oncology program, Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Program, Proton Therapy, Telegenics Program

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American College of Surgeons: NCIP Programs
American College of Surgeons: Accreditation Categories
ECancer EuroCan Platform
Research InfoSource – Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals
Targeting Cancer: Australian Treatment Centers
National Institute of Health Cancer Center Support Grants
Newsweek: Best of Asia’s Healthcare Facilities