Carlos Ardila Lülle Oncology Institute - Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá
ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care
|Contact person||Andres Felipe Cardona, MD, MSc, PhDc|
Calle 119 No. 7
75 Oncology Institute
Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá
|Contact||Tel: +57-1-6030303 / 5227 - a_cardonaz(at)yahoo(dot)com|
|Web||Carlos Ardila Lülle Oncology Institute|
The Oncology Institute is a comprehensive centre for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases created in 1998 by donations from different people, in both private and public entities. Since its establishment, the Centre has grown and has consolidated as the best oncology institute in Colombia. It belongs to Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá University Hospital; that is a Joint Commission Qualified Centre by North American Health Authorities and is one of the Highest-Quality clinics in Latin-America, recently ranked in 4th place and 1st place in Colombia.
The University Hospital is home to 378 doctors, 186 nursing staff and 600 other related healthcare professionals, who are exclusively dedicated to attending over 82,000 patients each year. The University Hospital building offers a total of 7,000m2 floor space. There are 204 beds, 14 operating rooms, three adult (25 beds) as well as an ambulatory medical unit, among other resources.
The Oncology Institute is a comprehensive centre for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases; nearly 2,500 patients are treated each year as inpatients with a total of 3,900 annual hospital stays. This Centre has the best technology available in the country which includes PET-CT (the first one in the country), MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, a linear particle accelerator and a complete pathology department.
A multidisciplinary approach in which pathologists (18 specialists, four dedicated to the diagnosis of cancer), radiologists (22 specialists, 2 dedicated only to the diagnosis of cancer), radiation oncologists (3 specialists), medical oncologists (5 specialists, dedicated to treatment by subspecialities), haematologists (3 specialists), surgeons (70 specialists), palliative care physicians (2 specialists), psychologists and oncology nurses (4 specialists) combine all their expertise to provide patients and their families the best care.
Palliative and supportive care
The palliative care team is involved early in the care of all patients. In our outpatient clinic, the palliative care team provides simultaneous and integrated care with clinical oncologists. The palliativist, a psychologist and the nurses dedicated to palliative care (3) look for the most convenient way to fulfil patient and caregiver needs, including support at home. COMPASSION, COMMITMENT and EXCELLENCE are the basis of our Institutional philosophy. When complex needs are identified a close communication with patients and families is established. Our success lies in our team approach. We pride ourselves on offering continuity of care throughout the disease continuum.