Top 5 hospitals or cancer centers for colon cancer

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Top 5 hospitals or cancer centers for colon cancer

by jb2sea on Sat Apr 06, 2019 02:51 AM

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What are opinions on the top places in the US for cutting edge colon cancer treatment?  A Top 5 list, for example.  I've been surprised that it is so difficult to get this information.  About all I have seen so far is the USNWR ranking of cancer hospitals.  

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by ToddlerFather on Sat Apr 06, 2019 03:21 AM

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Isn't better to try finding something in your state that is good enough ? But PA Abramson, Roswell Park, Johns Hopkins, M.D. Anderson and MSKCC could be such a top 5 list. 

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by jb2sea on Sat Apr 06, 2019 01:44 PM

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Not knowing which are focused on colon cancer, I don't even know if there is one in my state.  Obviously, I'd prefer something closer rather than trying to travel.  But I just don't know which ones to look at.  I've tried calling the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.  Neither of them have (or at least not willing to share) information on what hospitals focus on colon cancer.  I'm going to try the Commission on Cancer on Monday.  

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by ToddlerFather on Sat Apr 06, 2019 02:38 PM

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Which state ?

As for focusing, sometimes it's good because they drill down the details, and sometimes it's not, since treatments for other cancers may work if the mutation is similar. For instance, melanoma and thyroid cancer are somewhat related, because both the thyroid and the skin are structured in folicles. So while thyroid is usually handled by head and neck specialists alongside salivary glands, the interchange by those and skin-related cancers can provide both with better tools. 

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by jb2sea on Sat Apr 06, 2019 03:02 PM

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North Carolina.  But willing to travel, so long as she is able.

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by ToddlerFather on Sat Apr 06, 2019 03:25 PM

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Of the 3 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in North Carolina, two seem to receive more grants so are likely to be in the front run of research:

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - https://unclineberger.org/

Duke University -http://www.dukecancerinstitute.org/

Of the 5 not in NC I mentioned before, Johns Hopkins in Maryland seem to be the closest. So those 3 looks like a short list I would consider. 



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by jb2sea on Sun Apr 07, 2019 02:07 AM

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Thank you.  Hopkins is on my short list.  Is Anderson well known for colon cancer?

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by ToddlerFather on Sun Apr 07, 2019 03:31 AM

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On Apr 07, 2019 2:07 AM jb2sea wrote:

Thank you.  Hopkins is on my short list.  Is Anderson well known for colon cancer?

Yes it is, but a bit far from NC... 

... when it comes to types of cancer, this is more of a per-MD reputation than a cancer reputation analysis, IMHO. 

So from the short list, I would go thru their doctor lists on their websites, keeping notes on specific cancer clinicians and cancer surgeons. I would look for papers, conference presentations etc. from those doctors, and then come down to a list of possibilities. 

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by phils1950 on Sat Jun 01, 2019 06:55 PM

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I wouldn't worry about the top 5 cancer centers I would look for the best doctor.  I go to Abramson  but their reputation is not why I chose them.  The oncologist I

have is very on top of all treatments and is willing to try whatever is necessary.  He has a lot of resources available to him and is not afraid to use them.

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