Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world's oldest and largest private cancer center. Founded in 1884, it has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and world-renowned educational programs. Today, Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science working in tandem with clinical studies and treatment.
Cancer is the sole focus at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where its physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat all types of the disease, including its rarest forms. Its experts employ the latest technology and the most innovative, advanced therapies to increase the chances of a cure.
Accommodating more than a half-million outpatient visits and over 22,000 inpatient admissions each year, Memorial Sloan Kettering is home to more than 13,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff. Comprehensive cancer care is delivered at its inpatient hospital in Manhattan and at its many outpatient treatment facilities located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, and New Jersey.
The close collaboration among Memorial Sloan Kettering's physicians and scientists is one of the Center’s unique strengths. This enables its experts to provide patients with the best care available while working to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer. Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers have made impressive advances in understanding the causes of cancer, particularly the genetic basis of many common cancers, and in developing new approaches for prevention, early detection, and eventual treatment.
Memorial Sloan Kettering's disease management teams bring together the skills and experience of several experts from numerous disciplines — such as surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, nursing, pathology, and others — who specialize in diagnosing and treating specific types of cancer. Integrating this broad base of knowledge and expertise helps to optimize and personalize care for each patient.
The social, emotional, and psychological needs of patients and their families are at the forefront of care at Memorial Sloan Kettering. It offers a full range of programs to help patients and families throughout all phases of treatment, including support groups, genetic counseling, assistance in managing cancer pain and symptoms, rehabilitation, assistance in navigating life after treatment, as well as integrative medicine services to complement mainstream care (including s massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, nutritional counseling, music therapy, and yoga).
The Bobst International Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Patients traveling to Memorial Sloan Kettering from outside the United States are accommodated through the Bobst International Center, which provides a comfortable place for international patients and their families to coordinate their clinical and personal needs. Before a patient’s arrival, specially trained staff members assemble the medical information physicians need to arrange an on-site consultation or medical care. During a patient’s stay, guest services staff serve as liaisons for planning lodging, air travel, local transport, and more. They can also make arrangements for a physician to provide a medical opinion by mail.
A limited number of private hospital rooms and suites are available for patients with special needs. One of the hospital floors offers private suites, featuring spacious rooms, baths, and sitting rooms, as well as a lounge and library for family members and companions. Upon request, interpreters can be made available to assist international patients with medical consultations as well as non-medical encounters.
Last updated on 28 April 2015
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