Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the state of Hawaii with physicians diagnosing approximately 6,700 new cases a year. Despite cancer being one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, receiving a diagnosis still comes as a shock and can be very devastating for a patient and their loved ones. When diagnosed with cancer, having comprehensive cancer treatment options near home, work and family is important.
Hope is provided for these patients right here in Hawaii with patient-centered care at the Queen's Cancer Center. From screening and prevention, to clinical research and trials, to diagnosis and treatment, and to survivorship, Queen's combines its exceptional health care with the expertise of one of the world's leading cancer centers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2015, Queen's became the only hospital in Hawaii to be a certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network®, bringing world-renowned cancer expertise to residents so that they no longer have to travel to the mainland for treatment. Now, patients are able to navigate through this difficult journey surrounded by the loving support of their ohana.
The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, is an acute care medical facility accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility is licensed for 575 acute beds and serves as the major tertiary and quaternary referral center for cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, orthopaedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health medicine. It is the state’s designated trauma center verified as Level I by the American College of Surgeons. It has the only organ transplantation program in Hawaii. Queen’s is a major teaching hospital, serving as a clinical training site for the residency programs sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Queen’s is the only hospital in Hawaii to achieve Magnet® status – the highest institutional honor for hospital excellence – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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Natalie J. Arrell