Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Recognized around the world for excellence, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top two cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report. We are designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and are a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

The Team Approach

Patients at MSKCC benefit from customized treatment plans developed by a team of specialists with unsurpassed depth and breadth of experience. The teams include surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers and other professionals who are all experts in treating patients with a specific type of cancer (breast cancer, lung cancer, etc.) These treatment plans reflect the lastest advances as well as team collaboration to optimize care for patients who need comprehensive therapy.

The Correct Diagnosis

For cancer to be treated most effectively, getting the most accurate diagnosis right from the start is crucial. We use advanced imaging technologies, such as combined PET/CT and nuclear medicine scans, to accurately detect cancer and identify its exact location.

Our specialized pathologists analyze some 40,000 tumor samples annually to determine a precise diagnosis and the extent of disease (called staging). Increasingly, new technology enables them to identify the molecular differences among tumors, providing even greater accuracy in diagnosis. Our physicians then define treatment plans that refelct the most advanced understanding of how to defeat a specific type of tumor.

Unparalleled Surgical Expertise

Recent studies show that for many cancers, patients have fewer complications and better outcomes if they have surgery at a hospital where high volumes of these operations are performed by surgeons with extensive experience in the procedure. MSKCC surgeons are among the most experienced cancer surgeons in the world. They are experts in using advanced surgical technology, such as robotic and minimally-invasive techniques, as well as interventional radiology for embolization, and thermal and chemical ablation of tumors. They are renowned for not only saving lives, but saving the quality of life.

For colorectal cancer, surgery is often necessary. Our colorectal surgeons perform more inpatient surgeries than at any other hospital in the New York metropolitan area and are recognized for their expertise in saving function. They are also leaders in treating liver metastases through a range of very sophisticated localized therapies.

Prostate cancer can seem particularly complex for patients because several treatment options may be available. For many patients, surgery is the best choice. Our surgeons have extensive experience in open operations and are also experts in robotic and minimally-invasive procedures. They have refined techniques to remove the tumor while sparing normal tissue and function.

For more information on our surgical expertise, click here and select a type of cancer.

World Renowned Oncologists

Our medical oncologists are leaders in developing new chemotherapy options that are safer and more effective than standard therapies. They also help manage side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea and fatigue, so patients can continue their usual activities while in treatment. Increasingly, our medical oncologists combine the latest advances, such as immunotherapies or vaccines, with chemotherapy, to improve patient outcome and quality of life.

Leaders in Radiation Therapy

MSKCC's radiation oncologists are experts in complex treatment planning and sophisticated delivery techniques. Using intensity-modulated radiation therapy with image-guidance, they can image a tumor just before or even during a radation treatment in order to adjust the radiation beams and pinpoint tumors with extreme accuracy. In some cases, our doctors may use chemotherapy to make tumors more sensitive to the effects of radiation, thus enhancing the effectiveness of treatment.

Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants

Having performed more than 4,000 autologous and allogeneic transplants, we transplant about 250 patients annually, making us one of the most experienced centers for this complex treatment. Therapies include T cell-depleted, cord blood, and 'mini transplants'. Our patients have some of the best outcomes in the nation. Click here for information.

Supportive Care

Specialized psychiatrists and psychologists help patients deal with the stress, anxiety, and depression that often accompany cancer and its treatment. We also have social workers who help patients receive assistance including follow-up care and rehabilitation. They offer individual and family counseling, as well as virtual and live support groups for both inpatients and outpatients. After treatment, the Resources for Life after Cancer Program provides seminars, support groups and practical advice on various issues such as insurance and employment.


MSKCC is in-network with most New York area insurance plans.

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Support & Therapy Groups

Comprehensive services including counseling, support groups, and follow-up care, helping cancer survivors achieve better health after treatment. Our pediatric program focuses on late effects of cancer and treatment among survivors of childhood cancers.

Programs & Services

  • Specialized Care Teams: Multidisciplinary teams specialize in specific types of cancer. Teams include surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Innovative Research: Basic, translational and clinical research programs fuel our progress toward improved cancer therapies. Close collaborations between doctors and researchers support quick translation of new findings into treatment options for patients.
  • Clinical Trials: Focused on finding increasingly effective ways to treat cancer, our physicians currently lead more than 500 clinical trials for pediatric and adult cancer patients.
  • Regional Outpatient Treatment Centers: In addition to our extensive diagnostic, treatment, and support services in Manhattan, we have outpatient facilities in Westchester, New Jersey, and on Long Island.
  • Clinical Genetics: Hereditary cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing is offered by specially-trained genetic counselors and physicians to people who are concerned about their personal and/or family history of cancer.
  • Pediatrics: We treat more children and young adults with cancer than any other institution in the world. Our Pediatric care team includes more than 30 full-time physicians, each of whom has expertise in one of more areas of pediatric oncology or surgery.

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