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GPP Oncology Centre, 3rd Dept of Medicine, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

History

The GPP Oncology Centre, established in 2004, is located at Sotiria General Hospital, Athens downtown (Ambelokipi area). It is part of the National University of Athens (NKUA) School of Medicine and is comprised of one day clinic unit (30 armchairs and 15 beds), an in-patient unit (52 beds), a medical oncology unit, a haematology unit, a supportive and palliative care unit, a clinical trials unit, a translational research lab and an education bureau.

With more than 30 specialists, the GPP Oncology Centre accommodates 80-90 antineoplastic treatments per day and 800-850 new cases per year. Several outpatient clinics and tumour boards have been developed to cover all range of tumours.

Profile

The GPP Oncology Centre is part of the 3rd Dept of Medicine (GPP), National University of Athens (NKUA). The GPP, one of the oldest and biggest departments of Athens Medical School, is located at "Sotiria" General Hospital. It incorporates the following divisions: Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hypertensive Center, Infectious Diseases, Oncology/Haematology Centre, Rheumatology and Immunology and Allergology.

The GPP runs a large program of undergraduate and postgraduate education for health professionals, as well as educational activities for patients and caregivers. In addition, the research program of the GPP undertakes rigorous development of new drugs (basic, translational, clinical).

Specialities

The Oncology Centre treats all solid tumours. We have developed outpatient clinics for thoracic, gastrointestinal, breast, urological, neuroendocrine malignancies and sarcomas. Nevertheless, our main field of education and research (clinical, basic and translational) is lung cancer, mesothelioma, breast and pancreatic cancer. In the above areas we run several clinical trials, we record real world data and we have developed educational programs for health professionals, patients and caregivers.

Palliative and Supportive Care

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Our Supportive and Palliative team has developed a wide range of outpatient clinics, including psycho-oncology, pain relief, vascular, endocrinology, dermatology and dietary clinics, operated by experienced staff at consultancy level. All new patients are referred to the palliative care team before initiating treatment to assess the need for early intervention.
During treatment, evaluation is undertaken by specialized nurses, while patients and caregivers can request an appointment with the palliative care team at any time. Among other activities, courses and educational materials are produced to inform patients, relatives and caregivers about the disease and address their needs.

Last update: July 2022

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