Stanford Cancer Institute


“Best Hospitals” cancer-care rank: 10

“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 68.6/100

Founded: 2004

Beds: 477

Clinicians/researchers: 300




Research focus: 

Cancer biology, radiation biology, cancer stem cells, cancer imaging, translational oncology, and immunotherapy of cancer; large number of ongoing clinical trials.


Clinic at-a-glance:

Stanford Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that co-founded the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Patients at this center come under the care of specialists who are — in many instances — nationally recognized experts in their field. Stanford follows the multidisciplinary model of care, meaning physicians from many different specialties collaborate with nurses, psychosocial services and other experts to develop the best treatment options, each tailored to the individual patient. Available are many support programs to help patients and their families cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. For example, Stanford’s Cancer Supportive Care Services Program provides exercise, complementary/alternative modality classes and counseling on nutrition, fatigue reduction and pain management — all geared to easing the side-effects of the disease and its treatment. Many widely used, state-of-the-art cancer treatments trace back to research Stanford conducted; more than 300 clinical trials are underway at Stanford in a bid to move additional promising discoveries into improved diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies.