Top 10 Cancer Hospitals in the US

Each Awarded Special Status by the National Cancer Institute

Each year, the U.S. News & World Report releases its annual list of the top 48 hospitals in the United States. In addition to the overall list, the editors highlight facilities that specialize in certain medical fields, including cancer. All told, around 4,800 hospitals in the U.S. are considered.

Of those that topped the list as the best cancer hospitals in the U.S., each has met the standard of care required by the National Cancer Institute to receive the official "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation. Today, there are only 69 hospitals to have received such status.

From New York to Minnesota to California, here are top 10 cancer hospitals you should know about:


Houston. MD Anderson Cancer Center. The University of Texas. M. D. Anderson’s R. Lee Clark Clinic, the main hospital access point for patients and visitors, is under renovation.
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The University of Texas M.D, Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas is one of the three original comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. The M.D. Anderson is by far the largest and is widely considered to be one of the foremost cancer hospitals in the world.

The M.D. Anderson Center provides care to over 125,000 people annually and employs more than 20,000 people.



Memorial Sloan Ketterling is a non-profit hospital located in New York City. It was founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital by a group of philanthropists and businessmen including John Jacob Astor.

In 1936, the hospital moved to its current location on land donated by John D. Rockefeller and was later renamed when two former General Motors executives, Alfred P. Sloan and Charles F. Kettering, joined forces to launch one of the country's leading biomedical research institutes.



The Mayo Clinic is one of the most well-known hospitals in the world and continues the tradition of cutting-edge patient care with its multicentered cancer unit.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is based on three campuses—in Phoenix, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota—and offers comprehensive oncological treatment to people from around the world.



Based in Boston, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has long been a leader in cancer research, education, and treatment.

The collaborative Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art care for women and men with breast cancer and is staffed with leading surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists, some of whom have pioneered techniques that have become the template for optimal breast cancer treatment.



The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) was established in 1998 as an alliance between the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital.

SCCA clients receive oncological treatment at UWMC for procedures (including surgery) that require an overnight stay. Others can receive outpatient treatment, particularly for prostate and gynecologic cancers.



Like the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of the most familiar and trusted names in healthcare in the United States. In keeping with that tradition, its Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Philadephia delivers cancer-specific treatment, education, and research across all disciplines, including ​cancer immunology and bone marrow transplants.



The Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio boasts more than 450 doctors, researchers, nurses, and technicians delivering cancer-specific care to thousands of patients each year.

The Cancer Center unites doctors and scientists from the Taussig Cancer Institute (recently housed in a new, 377,000-square-foot facility) as well as the hospital's 26 other clinical and surgical institutes. 



Penn Presbyterian Medical Center has quickly become one of the top cancer hospitals in the U.S. with the founding of its Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

The Abramson Center is housed at the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, built in 2008, and offers cutting-edge treatment in conjunction with Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest proton beam treatment facility in the world.



The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is a non-profit treatment and research center in Tampa, Florida. Established in 1981, the hospital officially opened its doors in 1986 and has quickly risen through the ranks to become of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art facilities in the U.S.



The University of California, San Francisco (USCF) Medical Center long been a leader in cancer research and care. 

UCSF first attained its status as a comprehensive cancer center from the National Cancer Institute in 1999 and later renamed itself the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center with the aim of fast-tracking cutting-edge research into effective patient care.


U.S. News & World Report. "U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals." Published August 8, 2017.