Cancer is treated at hundreds of US hospitals but there are only a handful of oncology centers that are widely considered "the best of the best."
Where is the best place for a cancer patient to get treatment or a second opinion? There are 2 important "certifications" to look for .
Designations by the ("NCI") and the Nat'l Comprehensive Cancer Network ("NCCN")
Comprehensive Cancer Center
# in the USA
Have programs that treat virtually
all cancer types; research and
community outreach are chief
An exclusive alliance of the "best
of the best" cancer centers (all are
It is very helpful to know -- by specific
cancer type -- which NCCN Hospitals are conducting the most
clinical trials, and hence are more knowledgeable about that cancer.
The number of clinical trials are ongoing annually at the NCCN Hospitals.