Champalimaud Clinical Centre, Champalimaud Foundation, Centre for the Unknown

Centre history

The Champalimaud Clinical Centre (CCC) is a state-of-the-art centre for science, medicine and technology. The CCC hosts a clinical facility for integrated treatment of oncologic and neuropsychiatric diseases, translational research activities and advanced programmes of medical education.

Department profile

The CCC follows the important premise that a patient is unique, with uniqueness in every stage of the disease. The CCC is concerned and very aware with the need for premature and timely palliative care follow-up from the early stages of disease but also considers of great importance the support of patients in their final days of life.

With this in mind, two kinds of possible appointments in our Palliative Medicine Unit are available: one for symptom control, providing assistance to patients during active anti-tumor treatment and another for palliative care and end-of-life care, providing assistance in patients nearing the end of life, both at their home or in an inpatient ward that serves the CCC.

After assignment to the Unit, each patient and family receives information about the palliative continued care programme that anchors in a principle of longitudinally care and non-abandonment principle.

This continuity of care provides services that include spiritual assistance, hygiene assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, psychological, medical and nursing support and grief support both in the facilities of the clinic and in patients' homes.

Areas of specialisation

Our clinical specialists and scientists work together in multidisciplinary Disease Management Teams to bring all available knowledge and techniques to bear in the provision of personalised, results-oriented medicine. Risk assessment and early diagnosis of disease is a primary concern of all units.

The CCC is organised in different Units: Breast Unit; Lung Unit; Digestive Unit (Liver, Biliary tract and Pancreas); Prostate & Kidney Unit, Gynecology Unit and several support Services: Daycare Hospital; Pathology; Neurosurgery; Radiotherapy; Imaging; Nuclear Medicine and a Risk Evaluation and Early Diagnosis Program.

The CCC is home to 52 doctors, 11 oncology nurses, and 65 other health professionals. Since its beginning in 2011 the CCC has attended to more than 11,200 patients. 

The CCC also includes a Neuropsychiatry Unit which provides care in this area as well as working closely with the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme to ensure that this work fits the Foundation's translational model of medical science.

Palliative and supportive care

The Palliative Medicine and Home-Based Hospitalization Unit is located within the area occupied by the Multidisciplinary Oncology Department of the CCC.

This Unit comprises the following Services:

  • Palliative Care and Acute Symptom Control inpatient beds
  • An Outpatient Clinic

  • Home-Based Hospitalisation

This continuity of care provides services that include spiritual assistance, hygiene assistance, psychological, medical and nursing support and grief support both in the facilities of the clinic and/or at patients´ home (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during all year).

The multidisciplinary Pain Clinic Team is comprised of:

  • 2 Palliative Medicine Physicians

  • Palliative Medicine Nurses
  • 1 Psycho oncologist and Psychiatrists

  • 3 Palliative Medicine Operational Assistants

  • 1 Physical Therapist

  • 1 Unit´s Secretary

  • A Volunteer´s Group


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