The Institute of Oncology was founded in 1938 in Ljubljana. It is a comprehensive national cancer centre, which carries out services required for cancer prevention and treatment, as well as rehabilitation and palliative care of cancer patients, it also provides for the balanced national progress of oncology and it has the oldest population – based cancer registry in Europe.
- 10 hospital wards
- 293 beds
- 140 medical doctors, 279 nurses (graduated, registered nurses, health care professionals, trained nurses), 205 other profiles
- 14,000 inpatient admissions and 83,000 outpatient interventions per year
- ambulatory service
- outpatient service
- Division of Diagnostics: Radiology, nuclear medicine, cytopathology, pathology, laboratories, molecular diagnostics
- Division of Surgery: Department of Oncological Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Department of Gynaecological Oncology
- Division of Radiation Oncology: Teleradiotherapy, brachyradiotherapy, Department of Radiophysics
- Division of Medical Oncology: Department of Systemic Treatment of Solid Tumours, Department of Treatment of Lymphomas, Unit for Intensive Medical Oncology
- Common Medical Services: Clinical Nutrition and Dietotherapy, Oncological Genetic Counselling, Psycho-oncology, Neuro-oncology, Physiotherapy
- Division of Nursing and care for patients, Pharmacy, Research and Education:The Chair for Oncology and Radiotherapy of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana
Cancer treatment at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana is based on a multidisciplinary approach. This approach to treatment has been ensured through the management of patients by multidisciplinary teams of experts specializing in the treatment of a particular cancer type.
Palliative and supportive care
The ward for acute palliative care performs medically more demanding and specialized care for patents with symptoms that cannot be easily managed. This ward also serves as a learning base for training personnel employed at the Institute of Oncology and other health care institutions and as a setting for performing palliative care clinical trials. Furthermore, its operational scope covers cooperation with and support to other palliative caretakers in the country, with the aim to provide and further develop palliative care in all regions of the country. Comprehensive palliative care at the Institute of Oncology is performed by a multi-professional team: surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology; pain control unit; psycho-oncology unit; health & social care counselling; spiritual support; clinical nutritional support and dietotherapy; physiotherapy; pharmacy (with clinical pharmacist included); and volunteers.