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Top 10 Cancer Centers in the World: Independent Bookimed Ranking


A lot of people feel confused choosing a medical center and destination for oncology treatment. Bookimed has ranked top 10 oncology hospitals in the world based on the success rate of treatment, quality-price ratio, professionalism of doctors and reviews of the patients.

We hope that Bookimed ranking will help you to choose the best oncology hospital among the other ones, and get the most appropriate treatment against cancer.

What should a patient pay attention to choosing No.1 cancer hospital in the world?

Usually patients are divided into 2 main groups:

  • those who look for the most effective treatment and don’t care much about the price;
  • those who have limited financial ability and want to undergo treatment cheaper.

Basing on the most important demands of our patients we distinguished the criteria help to choose the best cancer treatment centers. What is important - international brand, worldwide popularity and recognition do not always mean a high quality of treatment.

Hospitals in our rating were evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • applying of the advanced and safe treatment methods, success rates regarding cancer treatment;
  • experience and professionalism of medical staff (incl. knowledge of foreign languages, level of care, individual approach, psychological assistance);
  • price policy and transparency of financial operations;
  • conditions of hospital stay (wards, equipment, meals, hygiene, attitude of medical staff);
  • full range of medical services (from the primary diagnostics and tests to final rehabilitation after the treatment);
  • geographic location of a clinic and features of climate.

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Medical tourism is getting more popular each year. The given statistics is made upon queries of over 40,000 patients and 200 different clinics, treatment quality of which was appreciated by patients. Our analysis does not take into account the USA and the UK as these countries are generally consumers of medical services but not their donors.

Considering the high prices for medicine in the USA and the UK, their citizens choose treatment abroad.

Germany remains top European country for medical tourism. Every year about 250,000 patients arrive to German clinics for treatment, Spanish hospitals go second.

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10. Apollo Hospitals - Best Oncocenter India

Apollo Hospitals

Apollo Hospitals open our top 10 cancer hospitals rating. It is the most developed medical network in South Asia. There are the best diagnostic laboratory in India and the largest Transplantation Center beyond the USA. Affordable prices, the advances equipment, world-recognized doctors are the key factors why Apollo is so popular worldwide.

Apollo is accredited by JCI (Joint Commission International). It means that all medical procedures comply with “gold” treatment standards.The specialist of the Cancer Center apply innovative diagnostic and treatment technologies: 64-slice PET-CT, molecular and genetic tests, TrueBeam STX for radiotherapy, proton therapy, and robotic surgery.

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9. Severance Hospital - Best Oncocenter in South Korea

Severance Hospital

Severance Hospital in Seoul is also included to Bookimed top cancer treatment centers. The Oncology Department of the Hospital cooperates with world-renown Andersen and Johns Hopkins cancer centers (the USA). The Oncocenter Severance consists of 10 specialized subdivisions. Specialists of the Center have been applying robot Da Vinci since 2005 and have performed over 4,000 surgeries.

For instance, the success rate regarding treatment of prostate cancer with Da Vinci robotic system is 96%. The cost of cancer treatment at Severance is 10-15% lower than in Germany or Israel, but 20% higher than in Turkey.

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8. LIV Hospital

Liv Hospital in Turkey

LIV Hospital is among Top Turkish hospitals. All the techniques known in the world are applied here. The Hospital is the only one beyond the USA which has got a certification “Robotic surgery” and “Robotic surgery of abdominal cavity” from the Center of Excellence of international surgical organization SRC.

The intraoperative irradiation of tumors is performed during a surgery. For comparison, a standard radiotherapy needs 6-weeks cycle 5 days a week. Here is also applied a technique TrueBeam STx which is available only in several hospitals of the world.

The cost of cancer treatment is 40-60% lower than in the European hospitals, but a little bit higher than at Anadolu.

7. Anadolu Medical Center

Anadolu HospitalAnadolu Cancer Center applies treatment standards of world-renown John Hopkins Medical Center, USA. The Center was opened in 2005 and ranked first in Turkey and fourth in Europe in the use of innovative systems CyberKnife, TrueBeam STx.

Anadolu is focused on treatment of oncological diseases, so it has high recovery rates as the best centers in the world, but the prices for medical services are much lower.

Prof. Dr. med. Kayihan Engin is Anadolu chief oncologist. He studied in Turkey and the USA, worked in the Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in Istanbul and in Thomas Jefferson University (the USA). He is a forerunner and world leader for the treatment of cancer pathologies using CyberKnife. Every year Prof. Kaihan Engin performs over 250 procedures, 50% of which are provided for foreign patients.

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Best cancer hospital in Israel

6. Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital)

Sourasky Medical Center

The cancer Center of Sourasky Hospital is a leader in oncology treatment in Israel. Sourasky specialists have developed the first in the world non-surgical therapy for skin cancer. Every year Sourasky doctors make hundreds of unique and comprehensive operations for removal of malignant cardiac tumors.

The Clinic applies multidisciplinary approach which it means that each case is considered individually involving oncologists and other focused-narrow specialists: neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, orthopedists, ENT specialists, hematologists, radiologists, etc. Each doctor has personal area of responsibility that minimizes treatment risks.

Sourasky Oncology Department has state-of-the-art equipment enabling use of the latest methods for cancer treatment: Da Vinci Robotic System, TrueBeam, RapidArc radiation technology for maximum precise exposure on tumor. Premises of the Cancer Center include subdivisions for beam therapy, brachytherapy, chemotherapy, genetic oncology, neuro-oncology, psycho-oncology, breast cancer subdivisions.

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5. San Donato Hospitals Group - Best Oncocenter in Italy

San Donato

San Donato Hospitals Group is a huge medical network combined 18 hospitals. Among them is Ospedale San Raffaele which is also one of the best cancer hospitals in the world. It is a large multidisciplinary hospital located in Italy. The Cancer Department of the hospital accepts 9,000 patients from different countries annually.

Surgeons perform over 6,000 procedures regarding oncology and 140 bone marrow transplants per year. Today San Raffaele is a world leader in the field of molecular medicine and stem cells therapy.

There are 5 accurate CT-scanners, 7 MRIs, 2 PET-CTs, 2 digital angiographs, 2 mammographs, etc. The specialists of the Hospital conduct both traditional and minimally invasive surgeries applying Da Vinci robotic system, radiotherapy equipment, etc. The success rate for surgical intervention is the highest in the Europe - 88%. Over 2,000 cycles of radiotherapy are performed annually.

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4. Sant Joan de Déu - Best Pediatric Oncocenter in Spain

Sant Joan de Deu

Sant Joan de Déu is among top 10 cancer hospitals for pediatric oncology treatment. Sant Joan is one of the leading medical institutions in Europe because of the highest success rate and development of innovative drugs against cancer. The Center accepts little patients from the infant age to 21.

There are all conditions for comfortable stay at the hospital: children feel like at home here because of the friendly atmosphere, a lot of entertainment options and toys. Psychologists, teachers and animators work with kids.

Top oncologists of the Center accept children refused from other European clinics. Specialists successfully treat all types of pediatric cancer and blood diseases. The cost of cancer treatment at Sant Joan de Déu are higher than average one in other Spanish hospitals due to the effectiveness of therapy.

3. Quiron Barcelona Medical Center - Best Oncocenter in Spain

Quiron Barcelona Hoapital

Quiron Barcelona Medical Center is more known as Baselga Oncological Institute (Instituto Oncológico Baselga). The hospital is named by its founder - famous medical oncologist Prof. Jose Baselga. It is focused on breast cancer treatment. As of today he is the only European member of American Cancer Society. Quiron Barcelona Cancer Department also employs elected President of the European Society for Medical Oncology, Dr. Josep Tabernero, one of the most quoted medical specialists in colorectal cancer treatment.

Quiron Barcelona Clinic has comprehensive diagnostic equipment to provide radiation (PET-CT, CT, MRI), laboratory diagnostics etc. When treating cancer, doctors perform abdominal, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgeries. Radiation therapy is performed using TrueBeam system, Gamma-knife, Cyber-knife.

2. Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch - Best Oncocenter in Germany

Helios Berlin-Buch

Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch is one of the largest medical institution in Germany with 100-year history, which was ranked as the best cancer hospital. Annually the hospital accepts over 51,000 inpatients and 110,000 outpatients.

Its Oncology Center is certified by the German Cancer Society and accredited by ESMO (European Cancer of Medical Oncology). Specialists of the Center conduct studies and clinical trials to discover new therapies for cancer (involving patients who suffer from leukemia, lymphoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, multiple myeloma, rectal cancer, etc.). The Oncology Department is equipped with CyperKnife, NenoKnife, HIPEC, etc.

Before going for treatment to these German hospitals or other ones each patient has to make a prepayment to cover charges for diagnostics and treatment.

1. Asklepios Medical Center - No.1 Oncocenter

Asklepios Hospital

Asklepios Clinic for Cancer and Palliative Medicine is no.1 cancer hospital in the world according to the Bookimed ranking. It is among the largest specialized top cancer centers in Europe accredited by German Cancer Society.

Asklepios Cancer Department comprises specialized units for the treatment of breast cancer, oncourology, pancreatic and abdominal cancer as well as units for palliative medicine, radiation and chemotherapy. The units are equipped with innovative diagnostic and therapeutic equipment: PET-CT, MRI, linear accelerators, Da Vinci Robotic System, Gamma-knife, etc.

Among medical staff of Asklepios Medical Center are the best cancer doctors: Prof. Karl J. Oldhafer, Dr. Axel Stang, Prof. Roland Brüning and others. Besides medical practice in the hospital they cunduct numerous clinical trials. This approach enables early implementation of the latest cancer therapies by doctors of Asklepios Hospital. Success rate for cancer treatment at early stages is up to 95%.

Before going for treatment to these German hospitals or other ones each patient has to make a prepayment to cover charges for diagnostics and treatment.

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Features and advantages of rated 10 oncology hospitals:

  1. Transparency of financial operations: payment is made only in a cash desk of a clinic and each patient receives invoice with a list of all provided services/procedures. Bookimed acts as a guarantor of transparent and fair financial relations between a clinic and a patient.
  2. International accreditation. All above mentioned hospitals have JCI certification - 'golden standard in medicine'. According to the requirements of JCI Commission, work of a clinic is evaluated by 197 main standards, 368 general standards and 1032 additional indexes for accordance with the proper quality of medical services, procedures, etc.
  3. Wide price range depends on level of a hospital, chosen country etc. Each patient has a right to choose a clinic based on personal preferences and available financial means.
  4. Advanced medical technologies, palliative interventions that conserve of healthy tissues, improve of postoperative aesthetic effect, achieve of maximum restoration of functions of the organism and obtaining of the best results.
  5. The best oncologists of the world’s, leading oncosurgeons and radiologists provide comprehensive treatment in top ranked cancer hospitals.
  6. Services of international department ensure maximum comfort during the entire hospital stay, from air tickets to airport transfer after the treatment.
  7. Unique rehabilitation methods.
  8. Individual attitude of medical staff to each patient.

If you have any questions or doubts regarding treatment in any clinic, regardless whether it is listed in this rating or not, contact Bookimed Doctor-Coordinator. We will assist you at each stage of the treatment abroad.

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FAQ’s about treatment in best cancer hospitals

What is the cost of complete check-up and treatment for my diagnosis?

'Please, specify your diagnosis, your health conditions and requests to the treatment, and we will calculate as soon as possible the cost of the treatment, flight, accommodation, etc. The final cost of cancer treatment also depends on the country for medical tourism: India and Turkey suggest the lowest prices, Israel and European countries - higher ones.'

What innovative methods are applied for treatment of my diagnosis in top world cancer clinics? Which of them are the safest?

'Having received information about diagnosis, we select the most effective and/or sparing treatment methods for your particular case and inform you about specifics and the cost of these procedures.'

What additional expenses can occur during a hospital stay?

'Depending on health conditions, requirements and diagnosis of a patient, we give a list of services and/or procedures that can be paid additionally. For example, consultation and treatment of dental specialist (oral cavity sanation is recommended before hospitalization).'

How many patients with similar diagnosis were treated in this clinic? What is the success rate?

'Foreign clinics provide very little statistical data on operations. But we have a vast database containing reviews and treatment results of our patients in different cancer hospitals.'

Does a clinic provide accommodation for a companion?

'Each hospital has its own varients of accomodation for companions: from a bed in the same ward with a patient to comfortable rooms with full board in a hospital.'

What language will I speak? Is there an interpreter for foreign patients?

'All the above listed hospitals are oriented for foreign patients. If medical staff does not speak your language, you will have a interpreter. We provide you with information about all possible variants.'

Who arranges the trip? Is there any reception in the airport?

'Bookimed together with the international department of a chosen clinic will assist you in arranging all documents, visa obtaining, airport reception and transfer and other peculiarities of the trip.'

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