The Stanford Cancer Center provides the most advanced medical
expertise in an environment that focuses on humanity, compassion and
concern. Ongoing collaborations with basic scientists and clinical
researchers in the Stanford
Cancer Institute mean that patients benefit from the latest
discoveries and innovative treatments, leading to better outcomes.
Stanford is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated
Comprehensive 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 26 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.
Discoveries & medical innovations
The Cancer Center works in close partnership with the Stanford
Cancer Institute where more than 300 basic science and clinical
researchers are working to understand the molecular, cellular and
genetic mechanisms of cancer and how it affects each individual.
Together our work is changing outcomes and quality of life for the
thousands of people from around the globe who come to us for
specialized care unavailable at most medical centers.
From microarray technology to image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery
and tissue engineering, many cancer procedures practiced worldwide had
their start at Stanford. Learn more about Stanford
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.
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. The Stanford Cancer Center has a
total of 13 different multispecialty tumor boards, each specializing
in a different type of cancer. Genetic testing and counseling are also
an integral part of our treatment approach.
Tumor boards are meetings where specialists from surgery, medical
oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, genetics, and pathology
collaboratively review a patient’s condition and determine the best
treatment plan. Through this multidisciplinary approach, patients have
access to a diverse team of Stanford cancer experts instead of relying
on a single opinion.
At the weekly Tumor Board meetings, the brain tumor physicians come together to discuss the diagnosis and treatment for their most complex cases. They share their insights and expertise in this interdisciplinary setting to ensure that the most appropriate, research driven diagnosis and treatment decisions are made for each of their patients.
Find a Doctor
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 discuss patient diagnosis and
treatment with other experts on staff.
Stanford Cancer Center doctors discuss the latest screening and treatment advances in breast cancer.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may 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.
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Other patient resources
Please fax the Medical
Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical
release form is an authorization form for external facilities to
release medical records to Stanford Health Care.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services
to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and
news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs
and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care, it is
also used for all Cancer Center referrals.
Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers