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What are some highly rated hospitals for treating colon cancer?

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The top-ranked hospital in the United States for cancer treatment, as of 2015, is the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is ranked second. Both hospitals are nationally ranked in several specialties and scored very high ratings on U.S. News' cancer scorecard.

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At MD Anderson Cancer Center, a team of cancer specialists provides advanced therapies for colon cancer, including minimally invasive robotic surgery, chemotherapy and targeted therapies, which kill cancer cells by interrupting their blood supply, as its website explains. The center also offers proton therapy, an advanced form of high-dose radiation therapy that targets the tumor directly, thus sparing healthy tissue and minimizing side effects.

MD Anderson is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. The hospital's physician staff scored very highly in rankings from other physicians, and its patient-survival and nurse-to-patient-ratio scores were well above average, states U.S. News & World Report.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers advanced colon cancer therapies, including chemotherapy and surgery. Treatment is based on the tumor's size, how deeply it has invaded the colon, and whether or not it has spread, the center's website explains. Additionally, the hospital provides Integrative Medicine modalities to support cancer patients during treatment and recovery. The service offers evidence-based complementary therapies that improve energy and muscle strength, help to promote relaxation, ease pain and diminish treatment side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, insomnia and fatigue.

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