• What makes a hospital "rank" high in a specific cancer?

    Asked by grannys on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    What makes a hospital "rank" high in a specific cancer?

    Looking for why some are supposed to be better than others.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It depends on the criteria used by a particular ranking system. They can vary greatly but may include things like patient satisfaction (usually based on surveys), number of staff infections, readmissions, patient safety issues, etc. None of them necessary make one hospital better than another for you. Like cancer survival rate, they are based on past experiences of what happened to someone else and have nothing to do with you. IMO, choosing a hospital is like the tail wagging the dog. Chose you physician or surgeon and if your care requires hospitalization, go where ever you physician or surgeon practices.

      over 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Some hospitals are particularly known for their research and the hospitals on the top of the lists tend to be the research hospitals. That's good if you need cutting edge treatment including treatments undergoing clinical trials. Because the treatment of cancer is rapidly evolving, the latest treatment has a good chance of being better.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregA0406's Avatar

      In my case (bladder cancer metastisized to the lungs), the key was finding the best local doctor. If the hospital(s) that the doctor is on staff at cannot get you the best treatment he/she will guide you towards the best hospital for your. In short a good doctor will lead you to the best hopital for you. In my case (and everyone is different) this led me to a treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. But, currently I am back with treatment at my local Oncologist who consults with MSK.

      over 4 years ago

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