The Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia (IORS) is a comprehensive tertiary care cancer centre with 360 inpatient beds. The IORS provides all modalities of cancer-directed treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, medical oncology, paediatric oncology) together with supportive and palliative care (SPC), pathology and cytology, diagnostic radiology, cancer epidemiology & prevention, psycho-oncology, patient education and rehabilitation as well as research (basic and clinical). The IORS is organized as a National Cancer Institute, a centre for education of undergraduate and postgraduate students and CME in oncology and a National Cancer Research Centre. Finally, the IORS proposes national plans and programs for oncology development in the Republic of Serbia. Patients with different solid tumours and haematological malignancies (lymphoma, myeloma) are treated with around 6000 newly registered cases every year.
The Department for Supportive and Palliative Care (the SPC Department) started to develop 25 years ago from the acute care unit (ACU). It is now embedded into the clinical structure of the IORS with 3 clinical structures: acute care unit (ACU) with 4 beds, mobile consultation team for inpatients (MCT) and an outpatient service (OPS). The service for outpatients also includes oncofertility consultations
- Head and Neck
- Lymphoma and Myeloma
- Melanoma and Skin
- Pediatric tumours
- Supportive and Palliative Care
The centre also has a number of specialised clinical services, including:
- Psychooncology and social support
- Spiritual support
- Patient education and rehabilitation
- Genetic consult
- Basic, clinical, epidemiological and translational research
Palliative and supportive care
The Department for Supportive Oncology and Palliative care is organized to recognize and respond to the needs of patients from the time of diagnosis and in all stages of the disease. Our vision is to provide the best supportive & palliative care for in- and outpatients at the IORS and to change the culture of care by making it more patient-centred. Our mission is to prevent & relieve suffering through assessment and management of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and their families. The Dept. is also involved in educational and research activities in the field of supportive and palliative care. The Dept provide intensive management of acute, severe symptoms & toxicities (ACU), consultations for patients on the oncology wards with inadequately controlled symptoms & toxicities (MCT) as well as an outpatient service for patients with cancer-related symptoms and treatment-induced toxicities (including oncofertility consultations). The Department is integrated into oncology practice at the IORS and collaborates with medical, radiation, surgical and paediatric oncology services.