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The hospital is a district hospital and an oncology service with 30 years of history. What at first was a service consisting of two medical oncologists has become an Oncology Department (Àrea d’Oncologia) with 14 specialists in medical oncology, 10 radiotherapists, a palliative care team, a unit of genetic counselling and a psycho-oncology unit. Today  is the referral centre for oncology in the province of Tarragona, a territory of 750,000 inhabitants located in southern Catalonia. In October 2010 the team will move to the new Hospital Universitari Sant Joan de Reus, located just outside the city, with a surface that increases by three of the former hospital.


The oncology service has a 32-bed ward, six of which are in single rooms, and the rest in shared rooms with 2 beds each.
The staff is composed of 14 medical oncologists, ten radiotherapists, two specialists in palliative care, a specialist in genetic counselling in cancer and two psycho-oncologists. The oncology service has 18 offices for outpatient visits, a chemotherapy administration area and three boxes for oncological emergencies (equipped to handle oncological emergencies both in patients under specific cancer treatment as those who are receiving treatment exclusively palliative). The radiation oncology service has two linear accelerators and a brachytherapy unit. There is an oncologist on call 24 hours of physical presence. Patients may call two phone numbers (physician and nurse of the Palliative Care Unit), 8 AM to 17 PM Monday through Friday for any medical consultation. The psycho-oncology Unit provides psychological support to cancer patients (both hospitalized and outpatients).


The Oncology Department is composed of several specialized Units:  Lung Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Breast Cancer, Gynaecological Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Urological Cancer, Sarcoma-Melanoma and Onco-Haematology.
The Units/Services of Psycho-oncology, Genetic Counselling, Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology act transversally in each of the aforementioned units. Therefore, a patient suffering from cancer in a particular anatomical location, can receive specialized care for all the oncological disciplines.

Palliative and Supportive Care

Hospital Universitari Sant Joan de Reus Staff, Tarragona, Spain

The palliative care unit of the Department of Oncology University Hospital Sant Joan de Reus is composed of eight people: a medical oncologist, two physicians specialized in palliative care, two nurses, two psycho-oncologists and a social worker. All physicians in the area of oncology are responsible for their patients when they are in the terminal phases of the neoplastic disease. In the treatment of patients with symptoms of difficult control, the Palliative Care Unit can take the case or can assist the oncologist in their management. This will perpetuate the symbiosis between professionals of the different oncologycal disciplines and the Palliative Care Unit. The Oncology Department and the Palliative Care Unit are coordinated with the Primary Care Medicine (GP) and with the Palliative Domiciliary-supportive Teams.

Additional Contact

Dr. Dulce Rodriguez - E-mail

Last update: September 2019


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