National Cancer Center of Georgia (NCC)
ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care
|Contact person||Dr. Tamari Rukhadze MD. PhD., Head of Palliative Care Service at the National Cancer Centre of Georgia|
|Contact||Tel: +995 32 2397716 / +995 32 2238541 - tamar(dot)rukhadze(at)tsu(dot)ge|
|Web||National Cancer Center of Georgia (NCC)|
National Cancer Centre (NCC) is a leading cancer organization providing comprehensive cancer care in Georgia, it has been functioning since 1977 and is located in the capital city-Tbilisi and has five regional branches around the country. The Centre carries out the following activities: cancer prevention and early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous diseases; surgical, radiation, chemotherapeutic in-and (including clinical trials) outpatient service, cancer registry and palliative care service.
NCC operates 400 beds and several departments: Head and Neck, Thoracic oncology, Brest Cancer and Oncology Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, Colorectal Cancer, Melanoma and Soft Tissues Cancer, Urology, Paediatric Cancer, Radiology Service, Chemotherapy department and Palliative Care Service (PCSNCC), which itself includes: Palliative Care Unit, Home Care and Consulting service. PCSNCC is involved in implementation, development and advocacy of Palliative Care in Tbilisi and other districts of the country. Every year NCC provides care to 7,000-8,000 new cancer patients and follows-up about 30,000 patients. Currently about 740 highly professional employers are at NCC, among them 48 PC specialists.
All palliative care service staff are trained in palliative medicine at national and international level. Palliative care medical professionals organize and lead educational process in Palliative Care at national and international level for medical doctors (GPs, family doctors, residents, PhD, medical and nursing students) under the umbrella of Tbilisi State University (TSU) and Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU); Service cooperates with different national (TSU, TSMU, nursing schools) and international medical educational institutions (San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine, California University), professional associations, societies and foundations, such as: ESMO, EPMA, EAPC, IAHPC, MECC, ESO,OSI and others. Palliative care Master Degree psychologist are skilled to work with adult and paediatric patients. Palliative care social workers responsibility is to facilitate social problems of our patients and try to advocate them; there are no chaplain specialists in our Country, but traditionally, the Orthodox Church provides care and spiritual support to patients and their family members.
Palliative and supportive care
The Palliative care service of the NCC provides palliative and supportive care and focuses on the improvement of quality of life for patients in the capital and other districts of the country. Patients and their family members together with palliative care team members are actively involved in goals setting and a planning of supportive care. Palliative care service with a multidisciplinary team tries to insure the best quality of care is provided to patients. Palliative care inpatient unit and Home Based palliative care service provides continues care, not only to patients that no longer have anti-tumour interventions, but also to patients who are under chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. At the Cancer Centre palliative care consulting service supports the patients and family members emotionally, guides and advises them during their cancer treatment and continues to support them after their treatment; palliative care consulting service and a palliative care home care service visit and advise family members on how to manage their loved ones, who are no longer able to stay at hospital.