VCU Massey Cancer Center ranked a top cancer center by U.S. News’ Best Hospitals

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center has been ranked 38th in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 publication of America’s Best Hospitals, making it one of nearly 900 cancer centers nationwide selected out of approximately 1,500 eligible institutions.

The U.S. News health rankings are based upon many factors, including the hospitals’ reputation with specialist physicians, level of nurse staffing, and patient safety, volume and survival.

“This top 40 national recognition validates our success in advancing cancer care — from discoveries in the lab to the most innovative treatments and therapies, and cutting-edge medical devices,” said Gordon Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center.

VCU Massey Cancer Center — prestigiously designated as a National Cancer Institute cancer center — is known for its specialized, multi-disciplinary teams that provide advanced care for more than 50 types of cancers, and is recognized as a center of excellence in rare and complex cancers. Massey has one of the 20 largest top-quality programs in bone marrow transplantation, national leadership and clinical excellence in breast cancer, and one of the leading radiation biology and oncology programs in the country because of several “firsts” in discoveries of new radiation technologies. Massey is also noted as a national leader in palliative care, and its international-award-winning Thomas Palliative Care Program serves as one of six national training sites. Offering a wide range of clinical trials to patients throughout Virginia, Massey is a national leader in innovative clinical trials for leukemia/lymphoma/myeloma.

“Our excellence in scientific and clinical research enables us to bring the latest and best therapies, treatments and cures to our patients very rapidly,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System. “The U.S. News’ ranking confirms our team’s commitment to improving the quality of the lives of our patients and providing compassionate care.”

“It’s very gratifying to see the VCU Massey Cancer Center get the recognition it deserves as one of the premier National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the United States,” said Sheldon Retchin, M.D., vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of the VCU Health System. “The Best Hospitals recognition is one of many indications of how we are making an impact and saving lives.”