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Cancer care at UCLA earns top rating

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On July 15, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center announced that it had once again been ranked among the top 10 cancers in the nation by a U.S. News & World Report survey of board-certified physicians from across the nation. The survey reviewed patient outcomes, the facility’s reputation among physicians, mortality rates. The cancer centers that rank highest in the survey often are those that care for the sickest patients and focus on translational research.

UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only four cancer centers in California named among the top 20 nationwide this year. The center enjoys an international reputation for taking leading-edge laboratory research and translating it into new and more effective treatments in the clinic setting. The center notes that successful targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Avastin, Tarceva, Gleevec and Sprycel were developed based on research conducted in cancer center laboratories or in clinical research with UCLA patients.

Judith C. Gasson, the UCLA center’s director and a professor of medicine and biological chemistry, noted that the U.S. News ranking reflects the innovative basic and clinical research being conducted at the center and the outstanding medical care available to patients with cancer at UCLA. She explained, “The Jonsson Cancer Center has established an international reputation for developing targeted cancer therapies and providing leading-edge experimental treatments. We have worked and will continue to work very hard to translate basic science discoveries into better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.”

U.S. News placed the Jonsson Cancer Center ranked ninth in the nation. Among the four other California cancer centers listed in the top 20, the University of California San Francisco ranked eigth, Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto ranked tenthh and City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte ranked twelfth.

According to the report, the top 10 cancer centers in the nation are: (1) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; (2) MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; (3) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; (4) Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA; (5) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; (6) University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA; (7) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; (8) University of California, San Francisco Medical Center; (9) UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA (9); and (10) Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA.

The rankings are available online now and will appear in print in the “U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook in August.