5 Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Cancer

Children with cancer need special treatment beyond what ordinary hospitals can provide. Pediatric cancer hospitals specialize in the kind of care that these children need. Doctors, nurses and social workers are specially trained to work with children who have cancer and their families to diagnose and treat the illness. The medical staff is also trained to deal with the unique emotional issues that accompany pediatric cancer. Most pediatric cancer hospitals are also university-affiliated research centers. U.S. News ranked 62 cancer centers in their 2010-11 report, U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals.

5. Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston, Texas

Texas Children’s pride in family-centered care brought them to “highest” category for parent and family involvement. They also ranked amongst the highest in clinical research, availability of pediatric specialists, and specialized clinics and programs. Texas Children’s got a high mark for nurse-patient ratio as well as bone marrow transplant services, and surgical volume.

6621 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030

4.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has a high rate for all patient survival after treatment and was among the highest for preventing infections, advanced clinical services, and parent and family involvement. They ranked a medium for stem cell transplant survival and the number of patient intake but have a good ranking in the number of nurses to assist those patients.

3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

3. Children’s Hospital Boston

Children’s Hospital Boston is the No. 3-ranked pediatric cancer hospital, according to the 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Children’s Hospital Boston also has the distinction of being the only pediatric cancer hospital that shares resources with a leading cancer center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is another well-known and highly ranked medical research hospital with specialties in many areas, including cancer. The hospital as a whole has ranked No. 1 on several lists, including U.S. News and World Report as well as Parents magazine. The cancer treatment department is associated Ronald McDonald House for patients’ families, and its research facility operates under the oversight of the National Institutes of Health.

34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the best children’s cancer hospitals in the world. It ranked No. 1 in the pediatric cancer category in the 2010 U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings. No child is ever turned away from treatment because of inability to pay.

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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