Cancer: Best Chances of Survival

Quite a number of studies have shown that the five year survival rate of cancer patients depends very strongly on the volume of cancer cases treated at their hospital.

Being treated at a hospital with a high case volume can increase very substantially the five year survival rate.

In fact, some studies show an increase of up to 60% in the five year survival rate of breast cancer patients, when comparing high case volume vs. low case volume hospitals. For esophageal and pancreatic cancers, the improvement in the five year survival rate is around 30%; it’s an improvement of about 20% for lung and stomach cancers, and so on.

The table below lists 99 hospitals from various parts of the US, ordered by a measure of their cancer case volume: high volume hospitals are at the top of the list, and the volume declines down the list.

According to these studies, the best hospitals are the ones at the top of the list.

case volume rank hospital measure of case volume
1 University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 100
2 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 73
3 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. 71
4 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 60

5 Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif. 57
6 University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor 57
7 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York 50
8 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston 50
9 Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 46

10 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 40
11 University of California, San Francisco Medical Center 37
12 Cleveland Clinic 33
13 University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle 28
14 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 27

15 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston 23
16 NYU Langone Medical Center, New York 22
17 Indiana university, Indianapolis 22
18 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis 22
19 Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 21