The OncoHelp Association has had several successive stages in its development. The Outpatient Clinic was established at the beginning of 2004 on charitable principles and started as a medical office located in a 3-room apartment on the ground floor of a building, with 2 consulting rooms and a treatment room.
In 2005, the OncoHelp Association was founded, a non-profit association that was the basis for the future evolutions of the oncology office. Thus, on October 1, 2009, the OncoHelp Oncology Center was inaugurated, a medical complex that currently provides a wide range of integrated medical services.
We tried to develop an institution that combines the advantages of a good organization in the private system with the wide accessibility granted by the public system. One of our beliefs has been and currently stands that access to health must be ensured for all, beyond the material or social situation of each. Both the OncoMed Outpatient Clinic and the OncoHelp Oncology Center are part of a project for everyone, not just an institution for the rich. In addition to specialized medical support for patients, we have always considered cancer a disease in which psychological support is crucial. The patient's confrontation with the great mysteries of life determines a spiritual storm that can be greatly influenced by the relationship with the attending physician and the clinical psychologist.
- Medical Oncology, including diagnostics, chemotherapy, targeted treatments, immunotherapies, clinical trials for different tumor types
- Radiotherapy, including brachytherapy
- Palliative care, with the holistic approach of the patient who suffers from malignant and non-malignant diseases
- Medical imaging, including computed tomography, ultrasound evaluation and mammography
- Gastroenterology, including endoscopy
- Internal Medicine and Cardiology
- Nutrition, including oncological nutrition
- Psychological counseling
Palliative and Supportive Care
In April 2013, the Palliative Care Department was established, consisting of 20 beds.
The medical team consists of 2 doctors, 9 nurses, 2 psychologists, 1 social worker and priests from different denominations, all working in a collaborative relationship.
Inpatients benefit from holistic medical services with physical (signs and symptoms, mobilization, hydration and nutrition, hygiene, patient safety and administration of supportive-palliative treatments), psycho-emotional, social and spiritual evaluation.
At the beginning of the program there is a working meeting with the doctor, nurse and psychologist to review patients' evolution during on-call hours and to establish new directions on the objectives of care and treatment. Furthermore, during the multidisciplinary meetings, the priority of emergency hospitalization on the Palliative Care Department is discussed. Special attention is also paid to the relatives of the hospitalized patients through honest communication regarding the perspectives of treatment and prognosis, offering psycho-emotional support.
In terms of education and professional training, we are involved in specialized courses and conferences organized by the OncoHelp Oncology Center, as well as by education events run by other important centres and institutions, both in Romania and abroad.
Last update: July 2022