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The best cancer treatment hospitals in the US

The best cancer treatment hospitals in the US

We all heard about the high cost of medical services and medications in the US, but the United States has the best cancer treatment hospitals in the world.

In this country, medical bills account for a very high percentage of cases for which a bankruptcy petition is requested.

For these reasons, more than 1.5 million American patients participate every year in what is known as medical tourism looking for more affordable treatments.

But the truth is that despite expensive medicine, Americans usually stay home to receive cancer treatment, basically for its good clinical results and innovative technology.

The United States is also a great destination for international patients, especially for cardiovascular treatment and oncological care.

In this article you will find interesting information on the 10 hospitals chosen as the best to fight against cancer, according to the US News & World Report.

Each year, their positions of the best medical institutions change, but on the whole the list looks like this.

It should be noted that to receive treatment in any of these top-level hospitals worldwide international patients must pay in advance one third or half the cost of their hospitalization.

The cost can be very high. It is estimated that the cost of cancer treatment in the United States can reach $30-35 thousand per month, although this figure varies greatly depending on the type of tumor, and it must be taken into account that there are very expensive treatments.

For example, the cost of an allogeneic bone marrow transplant is $300 thousand, compared to $70 thousand in India or $130 thousand in Italy. The situation is similar with other procedures.

Our list of top cancer treatment hospitals in the US

MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital (Houston)

MD Anderson Cancer Center Hospital (Houston)

This academic hospital of the University of Texas offers prevention, analysis, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children and adults. The MD Anderson Cancer Center is a synonymous with extraordinary service, recognized by the national and international patients.

If you would like to receive information about services, payment, accommodation or a second opinion, call 1-713-745-0450. In addition MD Anderson has a protocol to facilitate the delivery of information and medical records from doctors in the patient's country to the hospital in Houston, as well as an international patient service center.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)

The Sloan-Kettering Memorial has more than 180 oncologists, a pioneering radiation therapy treatment worldwide and the experience of analyzing more than 40,000 tumor specimens each year. It has an international patient care center known as Bobst International Center.


Just call 1-212-639-4900 for details. Cancer patients who are outside the United States can send their medical record in English and within 3 to 5 days a MSK oncologist will offer his opinion. The Bobst International Center provides medical tourists with assistance in determining the cost of treatment, accommodation in New York and professional translation services.

By the way, Memorial Sloan-Kettering is one of NCI-designated cancer centers.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)

Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Massachusetts is well-known for its pediatric oncology and hematology service (including stem cell transplantation). High-level lung cancer, gastrointestinal and breast cancer treatment is available here. Every year thousands of international patients from around the world visit Dana-Farber to get a quality treatment or a second opinion from leading experts. 

In the case of childhood cancer or lymphomas, consider contacting St. Jude Children's Hospital. They accept difficult patients that do not find a place in other clinics. The treatment can be free.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester)

Mayo Clinic (Rochester)

Famous Mayo Clinic treats virtually all known types of malignant tumors. More than half a million patients (with all types of diseases) from 150 countries annually visit Mayo.

They serve patients in the main center in Minnesota and also in their branches in Florida and Arizona. One of the best American hospitals, it is also one of NCI-designated cancer centers.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has an excellent reputation in several areas, including oncology. They are famous for their treatment of breast cancer and prostate cancer, being considered the best hospital in urology and all diseases related to kidneys. Each year they treat international patients from more than 100 countries, and have an office dedicated to receiving referrals from doctors abroad and questions from patients interested in possible treatments.

The Johns Hopkins is located in the city of Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, just half an hour from the international airport of Washington DC. For general questions call 1-410-614-4629.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham)

Duke University Medical Center (Durham)

This Hospital, renowned for its research in cancer treatment, specializes in head and neck tumors, gastric cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and pancreatic cancer. There are also experts in abnormal growth of cells in the placenta during pregnancy (GTD).


Unlike other leading cancer hospitals, Duke does not have an international patient center.

University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor)

University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor)

The Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Michigan is popular with medical tourists for the very high treatment quality and numerous clinical trials aimed at achieving excellent survival rates and quality of life after defeating cancer. There is an excellent program to patient support program. But unfortunately, the hospital has not created, at least for now, a center dedicated exclusively to managing international patients.

To make an appointment call 1-800-865-1125. As with all other hospitals in this clinic, international patients must ensure payment before being admitted for treatment.

UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)

UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)

The Cancer Center at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) specializes in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including stem cell research. They treat virtually all cancer types, common and rare, including rare intraocular tumors.

If an international patient wishes to undergo treatment at UCLA, he must pay in advance.

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)

The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the best hospitals in cancer research. UCSF is a pioneer in genetic, immunological and cellular research that, in one way or another, affects oncology.

This center deals with absolutely all types of malignant tumors, including childhood cancer.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle)

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle)

UW Medical Center, located in the city of Seattle, offers world-class treatment for many diseases, including all cancer types, from the most common to the rarest.

Unfortunately, for now there is no international patient office to help potential foreign patients navigate the increasing complexity of healthcare in the United States.

Participation in cancer clinical trials in the United States

If the requirements are met, it is possible to participate in cancer clinical trials of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

These two cancer centers recruit foreign patients for experimental treatment; however you may need to pay expenses such as pre-treatment evaluation. Perhaps this is your chance.


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