Why Choose the Stanford Cancer Center?

Our multispecialty team approach

Patients receiving care in the Stanford Cancer Center have access to the full complement of our specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized experts in their field. As the service-delivery arm of the Stanford Cancer Instituate, the Stanford Cancer Center has a total of 13 different multispecialty tumor boards, each specializing in a different type of cancer. At our weekly multispecialty patient review boards, doctors from many different specialties collaborate with nurses, psychosocial services, and other experts to develop the best treatment options we can offer. Genetic testing and counseling are also an integral part of our treatment approach. 

Our commitment to quality

Stanford is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, a testament to our scientific excellence. We are also one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 23 of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

US News & World Report consistently recognizes Stanford as one of the top hospitals in America for cancer care. Our Magnet® designation acknowledges the hospital for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practices. Stanford is also certified by ASCO as a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) program, demonstrating a proven commitment to quality patient care and safety.

Our legacy of cancer discoveries

Behind many of today's most successful cancer treatments is research that originated at Stanford. We are pioneers in new diagnostic imaging techniques used to target, treat, and, whenever possible, eliminate cancer. From the discovery of antibody and biologic therapies that harness the patient's immune system to successfully combat cancer, to the development of the new radiation therapy technology we continue to transform cutting-edge research into world-class patient care.

Learn about our legacy of innovations.

Our novel clinical trials

Translational medicine is the cornerstone of our cancer treatment programs, with more than 300 clinical trials underway at Stanford. We leverage the expertise of hundreds of doctors and researchers working together to unravel cancer's secrets. Our physician scientists are actively investigating revolutionary therapies that are on their way to becoming tomorrow's standard of cancer care.

Learn more about our cancer clinical trials.

State-of-the-art technology

In addition, the Stanford Cancer Center rapidly invests in new technologies that have been shown to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment, ensuring that our patients have access to the best care possible.

For example, our all digital mammography service enables CAD analysis of mammograms which has been proven to increase diagnostic accuracy, and our PET/CT scanners allow doctors to simultaneously view anatomical and biological tumor information, providing a greater ability to pinpoint a cancer's location than ever before.

Your cancer team

Underlying all of our clinical cancer services is a team of doctors, nurses, and staff that work together to give you the best care and most positive experience possible.

Our teams collaborate at all stages of your care, and doctors regularly participate in multidisciplinary tumor boards to discuss patient diagnosis and treatment with other experts on staff.

Unique attention to patients

Technology isn't the only thing that makes the Stanford Cancer Center unique.

We also place a strong emphasis on patient convenience and well-being. From valet parking, to a warm and uplifting environment, to patient-focused amenities, such as our Cancer Navigation Services and Cancer Supportive Care Program, the staff of the Stanford Cancer Center will provide a highly supportive environment for overcoming cancer.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.