Memorial Sloan Kettering Services for International Patients

Services for International Patients

If you or your family member has been diagnosed with cancer, you will face a lot of difficult questions. Where should you go for care? What are your treatment options?

Our Bobst International Center has a dedicated team ready to guide you. They will answer your questions and match you with the best doctors and services for your needs.

Services Offered

International patients are welcome to make in-person appointments with our world-renowned cancer specialists or request a second opinion by mail or email.

Our guest services staff will coordinate with you, your family member, or an agency representative to schedule the services you have requested. There is no referral needed. They can also answer your questions related to finances, health insurance, and medical records.

If you travel to MSK for care, our guest services team is ready to assist you every step of the way. Ask them about:

  • visa letters
  • housing options
  • transportation arrangements to and from the airport
  • interpretation services in any language, 24 hours a day

Why Choose Memorial Sloan Kettering for Your Care

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As the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering has been caring for people with the disease for more than 130 years. Cancer care is what we do.

We have been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the US government’s principal agency for cancer research. U.S. News & World Report has ranked MSK among the top two cancer centers in the United States for more than 25 years. We are among the nation’s top pediatric hospitalsfor cancer care.

As an MSK patient, you will be matched with a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who are experts in your exact type of cancer. They work closely together to make sure you have the most accurate diagnosis possible, and to personalize a treatment plan based on the precise details of your tumor. This level of specialization can often have a dramatic effect on a patient’s chances for a cure and quality of life.

Choose Memorial Sloan Kettering because of our:

MSK’s surgeons perform more cancer operations than doctors at any other hospital in the United States. We have particular expertise in removing complicated tumors in hard-to-reach or delicate parts of the body. In many cases, we can remove tumors that are considered inoperable elsewhere.

We have access to the latest technology. This includes the most-advanced robotic surgery platforms and sophisticated imaging technology. These tools allow us to monitor the success of an operation in real time.

Our skilled surgeons work as a team with our other experts, including anesthesiologists and oncology nurses. A highly trained care team can make a crucial difference in how well you do during and after your operation.

Memorial Sloan Kettering has one of the most experienced stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) teams in the world. We achieve excellent outcomes for hundreds of transplant patients each year.

Because stem cell transplants come with a high risk of infection, the team at MSK is particularly focused on keeping patients well so their new immune systems can get stronger and eventually thrive. We use very sensitive tests to detect infections early, before symptoms arise. Our researchers have developed special approaches to prevent graft-versus-host disease, a life-threatening complication of transplant.

We are uniquely equipped to give your child the best possible outcome. Our pediatric cancer program is the largest of its kind in the United States. We have unparalleled expertise in all childhood cancers. Treatments we have pioneered at Memorial Sloan Kettering are now the standard of care at other institutions.

We understand the profound level of trust you are placing in our hands by choosing MSK. We want to help your child return to health and well-being as soon as possible. We will develop a personalized care plan just for your child. In many cases, the plan includes treatments not yet available anywhere else.

We will guide and support your whole family throughout your child’s care so that you feel empowered and confident that you are making the best decisions.

Immunotherapy is one of the most promising cancer treatments available today. It works by harnessing the power of our own immune system to fight cancer. People who come to MSK for immunotherapy treatmentbenefit from the close collaboration between our doctors and scientists. We are constantly looking for new and better approaches.

For example, our experts have played a major role in developing and testing checkpoint inhibitors. These drugsrelease the brakes on the immune system, allowing it to mount a stronger attack against cancer.

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a highly sophisticated genomic sequencing test called MSK-IMPACT™. It is available exclusively to our patients. The test was designed by our researchers to sequence a person’s DNA and identify the specific genetic mutations and other abnormalities associated with that person’s cancer.

The information we gain from MSK-IMPACT can help us rule out treatment options that may not work for you. In some cases, we may be able to recommend cutting-edge clinical trials designed to target the mutations we have discovered in your individual tumor. This approach is known as personalized medicine.

We are a comprehensive cancer center. This means we are thinking about all of your needs throughout your care, not just your medical ones. That is why your care team may include experts from many different specialties, including dietitians, dermatologists, specialists in sexual health and fertility, rehabilitation therapists, psychologists, integrative medicine specialists, art and music therapists, and many others.

Contact Us

Email us at
Call 212-639-4900.
Or use AT&T Direct Access by dialing the access number for the country you are calling from, then dialing 888-675-7722. If you need a translator, we will locate one while you are on the line. Or email and tell us the language you speak along with the time you wish to call. We will arrange for a translator to be available.

Mailing Address

Bobst International Center
160 East 53rd Street
Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion, 11th floor
New York, NY 10022

Fax: 212-639-4938

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