Hospital da Luz - centro de Cuidados Paliativos e Oncologia

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr. Isabel Galriça Neto
Address Av.Lusiadas 100
Lisboa, Lisboa 1500-650


Contact +35 196 171 7991 -

Centre History

The Hospital da Luz Lisboa is part of an integrated medical complex consisting of an acute care hospital and a residential hospital. The Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit opened in 2006. The quality and experience of the clinical staff, including over 400 residents and collaborating physicians, and technological innovation, evident in the latest medical equipment and information systems, make the Hospital da Luz a model of medical excellence and innovation at the European level. Its unique architecture combining safety with comfort and the privacy of patients, complement this leadership position.

Department Profile

The oncology centre within the hospital has a medical team of 5 oncology doctors, 2 radiotherapy doctors, and a nurse team. They provide out-patient and inpatient care at the hospital. There is a specific Palliative Care unit in the Hospital (for oncological and non-oncological patients), with an inpatient unit, an outpatient consultation and home care team for selected cases. The oncology unit receives about 700 patients/year, and the PC unit ~450 patients (from inside and outside the hospital, about 55%-60% of them are oncological patients). The coordination of both (Oncology-PC) for the integration of services is centred by 2 doctors, one from each department, and the PC doctor has basic training in Palliative Care. The department is connected with Medical Faculty/school of Medicine and development of intense training activity.

Areas of Specialisation

The Hospital da Luz Lisboa offers care in all medical and surgical specialties, with an emphasis on differentiated areas organised into centres of excellence such as oncology, cardiovascular diseases, gastroenterology, neurosciences, minimally invasive surgery, sports medicine and obesity. The hospital also places a great emphasis on Women and Children’s Medicine and dementia care.

Palliative and Supportive Care

The PC care team has 5 doctors, 2 of them full time and with specific advanced training in palliative care. The team is a specialised team with strong links with all the hospital departments. We care for oncological and non-oncological patients (approx. 40%) and the discharge rate for patients is about 55% with 45% of palliative care patients dying in the unit.