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What is the best hospital in the world for cancer treatment?

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As of 2014, the best hospital for adult cancer treatment is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, according to U.S. News & World Report. The best hospital for pediatric cancer treatment is Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has 321 doctors who specialize in treating cancer, notes U.S. News & World Report. The facility treated over 240 patients with complicated cancers in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and achieved perfect scores for patient safety and survival. Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has 70 doctors who specialize in cancer. This hospital's number-one ranking is based on data such as infection prevention, three-year survival rates and how many pediatric specialists recommend it for serious cases.

Deciding whether to seek treatment at a major cancer facility depends on knowing what the options are, explains Debra Sherman of Reuters. She spoke with Doctor Leonard Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, who notes that determining the best hospital for a particular patient depends on the type of cancer that needs treatment. Community hospitals are sufficient for the effective treatment of common cancers, so long as they follow certain standard guidelines. Complicated and rare cancers may be best treated at a hospital that treats many such patients. Hospitals that function as dedicated research centers are often the best for cancer because they develop new diagnostic and preventative techniques.

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