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1 Cancer treatment TOP EUROPEAN CANCER EXPERTISE The path to recovery

2 0% LAND OF HIGH QUALITY HEALTHCARE Located in Finland, a land of high quality healthcare, Helsinki University Hospital is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Europe. As some of the most acknowledged cancer researchers and new cancer treatment innovations come from Finland and Helsinki University Hospital, HYKSin s patients are guaranteed to receive the best possible treatment for their individual needs. Finland in general offers perfect surroundings for the patient Cancer patient survival rates are the best in Finland Finland Europe SOURCE: Eurocare-5 Study, The Lancet % 40% 60% 80% Prostate cancer Breast cancer Melanoma Colon cancer Rectum cancer Non-Hodgin lymphoma Renal cancer Ovarian cancer Venticular cancer Lung cancer and his or her family: well functioning services, peaceful nature, and honest people, most of whom speak good English. All HYKSin s staff is well trained and highly experienced, speaking English. HELSINKI Stockholm 1h Tallinn 35min St.Petersburg 1h 3h 30min 2h Moscow 1h 40min 2

3 CONTENT 2 FINLAND land of high quality healthcare 4 HELSINKI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL an accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center with treatment results among the best in the world. 5 RESEARCH The best operating environment for advanced research and treatment results in significantly higher survival rates. 6 SERVICES FOR CANCER PATIENTS PEDIATRIC CANCER PROSTATE CANCER HEAD AND NECK CANCER LUNG CANCER BRAIN CANCER OTHER SERVICES 12 CONTACT INFORMATION 3

4 EUROPE S LEADING CANCER EXPERTISE Helsinki University Hospital hosts the largest and most versatile cancer treatment center in Finland, providing personalized, high-quality cancer treatment. It is a center of excellence that combines the expertise of several specialities. Awarded operations The Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) has audited all cancer therapies provided by the Helsinki University Hospital and accredited it as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition to our center, there is only one other university hospital in Europe that has received the same acknowledgement. Thanks to the Cancer Center s active, high-quality long-term research and international networks, its treatment outcomes are among the best in the world. Such results would not be possible without the competent, experienced and highly motivated personnel of the center. Petri Bono, Director of Helsinki University Hospital Cancer Center 4

5 SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH FORMS THE BASIS FOR TOP RESULTS The key objective of our research is to enable faster and more efficient use of research results for the patients benefit. The power of modern cancer research results in higher survival rates in several types of cancer. New and improved methods are constantly developed for early cancer detection, cancer surgery, radiation therapy and molecular diagnostics of cancer. The Cancer Center and the scientists of the Academic Medical Center Helsinki offer the best operating environment for advanced research and treatment. As Finland s largest oncology unit, the center cooperates with several of the world s top hospitals and international research organizations to further enhance the methods and overall treatment of cancer patiens. 5

6 SERVICES FOR CANCER PATIENTS Diagnostics and imaging Surgical treatment Radiotherapy Imaging and microscopic examination of tissue and cell Although new effective treatment methods are The planning and implementation of radio- samples form the basis for an exact cancer diagnosis. constantly taken into use, surgery is still the most therapy treatment is performed as multi- Beyond the diagnostic tasks, microscopic examination effective treatment for tumors. Surgical possibilities, professional cooperation where oncologists, is also an important part of the patient s treatment chain. extent and risks depend on the general condition physicists and radiotherapists draw up the As our medical imaging center is the largest provider of of the patient and the location, size and other charac- therapy plan, individually for each patient. medical imaging examinations in Finland, we are able teristics of the tumor. In Helsinki University Hospital The precise planning of radiotherapy guaran- to carry out all the needed diagnostic procedures with there are specific Tumor Teams focusing on treat- tees the best possible treatment outcome, thorough expertise. ment and research of each specific cancer type. while minimizing the radiation burden caused Cutting-edge laboratory tests 360,000 tests each year 67 physicians 146 bioanalysts 19 specialist employees Research and development Imaging examination methods Ultrasound (e.g., of the breasts and stomach, contrast-medium examinations of the liver and ultrasound-guided sampling) Computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging Mammography PET-Scan to the surrounding healthy tissue. Our radiotherapy unit is one of the largest in Europe. Radiotherapy: More than 4,300 patients and 71,000 therapy appointments each year. 10 modern linear accelerators suitable for a variation of applications. One of the first to begin providing sideeffect-reducing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments in Europe. 6 More than 320 patients every day

7 MULTIDISCIPLINARY COOPERATION OF EXPERTS Nuclear medicine Chemotherapy Radionuclear therapy is given either intravenously Drug treatment decisions are planned for each Cancer treatment is always or perorally, to seek cancer cells in different organs patient by surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, a multidisciplinary effort via blood stream. Some therapies administered pathologists and cancer nurses working in co- where several experts work require radioshealding and hospitalization, some operation. These Tumor Teams are responsible for together to find the best are given as outpatient treatment. the high quality implementation of therapies for possible treatment for the each of the various types of cancer. patient. Specific Tumor 177-lutetium-ostreotate-therapy is a new and Teams are responsible for effective method of defeating a metastatic research and treatment of neuroendocrine tumor. specific cancer types. Liver radioembolization or selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) destroys metastases in the liver. In radium chloride therapy, radium-223 destroys bone metastases of prostate cancer with extremely short-range alpha radiation. Pediatric cancer Breast Cancer Prostate Cancer Genitourinary (non-prostate) cancer Gastrointestinal cancer Gastric and pancreatic cancer Lung cancer Gynecological cancer Leukemia Lymphoma Melanoma Brain cancer Head and Neck cancer Thyroid cancer Sarcoma Neuroendocrine cancer A few of these areas are presented in detail on the following pages. 7

8 STATE-OF-THE-ART CANCER CARE FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS Services in pediatric hematology and oncology as well as stem cell transplantation are provided at the Hospital for Children and Adolescents. The clinic provides patient- and family-oriented care. In Finland, the prognosis of children s recovery of cancer illnesses is among the best in Europe: more than 80 % recover. The prognosis of the most common malignant illness in children, leukemia, has improved spectacularly during the last decades and some subtypes of leukemia have a survival rate above 90 %. More than 80 % recover In Finland, the prognosis of children is among the best in Europe. 8

9 ROBOTIC ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER SURGERY Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The treatment is determined case-specifically with multidisciplinary uro-oncologic teamwork and the methods include active surveillance, surgery or radiotherapy in local disease and hormonal treatment or chemotherapy in metastasized disease. At the Helsinki University Hospital, the vast majority more than 90 % of the radical prostatectomies are performed with RoboticAssisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy (RALP) surgical technique with excellent results. Helsinki University Hospital is one of the biggest robotic prostatectomy centers in Northern Europe with more than 320 RALP operation per year and over operations since Due to robotic use, the surgery is done with precision, smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less pain, and quicker healing time. 9

10 LEADING-EDGE HEAD AND NECK CANCER TREATMENT Helsinki University Hospital has a well-established group of surgeons and oncologists specialized in the diagnosis, treatment and management of head and neck cancer patients. Each year more than 200 new patients with a confirmed diagnosis of cancer in the oral cavity, various sites of pharynx, sinonasal area, skull base and larynx are treated according to individual patient needs. Our state-of-the-art care is based on the national guidelines for the management of head and neck cancer in Finland and typically requires multi-modality therapy including surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The surgical team consists of members from the Departments of Otolaryngology head and neck surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery. As one of the largest head and neck reconstructive centers in Europe, on average 140 microvascular head and neck free flap reconstructions are performed annually at this center. We also offer the modern surgical treatment modalities e.g. computerized reconstruction treatment planning, endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches as well as robotic surgery. Our ongoing research programs involving scientists and physicians are active both in the areas of clinical and translational research aspects. GLOBALLY KNOWN LUNG CANCER EXPERTISE Helsinki University Hospital Heart and Lung center is the leading national clinic in the field of thoracic-surgery. The good treatment results are based on long experience and broad spectrum as well as number of demanding thoracic patients. More than 1,000 thoracic surgeries and almost the same amount of endoscopic procedures are produced every year. The center acts as an international training center cooperating with several European university hospitals. The lugn cancer is usually diagnosed by X-ray and the most common therapies include chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and the combinations of these. The stage of the cancer and the different treatment options are evaluated by a multidisciplinary expert team including oncologists, pulmonary specialists, radiologists, pathologists and thoracic surgeons. In addition to traditional surgical methods the clinic uses the latest diagnostic and therapeutic methods including endoscopic and robot-assisted surgery. In many cases removal of the very uncommon mediastinal tumors is possible using a robotassisted technique. If necessary, we can use a heart-lung machine to allow extirpation of cancers that have infiltrated major mediastinal vessels, e.g. in cases of thymus cancer. Our center is one of the most experienced clinics of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for esophageal and lung cancer in the Nordic countries. We have developed the radical surgery of pleural mesothelioma by adding heated cytotoxic drug lavage of the thoracic cavity. 10

11 WORLD FAMOUS BRAIN CANCER TREATMENT Brain tumors are tumors originating from brain tissue or the surrounding intracranial or spinal structures. It is also possible for other cancers (e.g. lung, breast, skin and bowel cancers) to metastasize to the brain. Brain cancers are treated by surgery, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy as an adjuvant therapy. The prognosis of patients depends on the disease and its severity. The development of radiotherapy has had clear effects on the treatment of brain tumors, in which precise planning of the therapy is of great benefit. World-renowned center of excellence Surgical patients are treated in Helsinki University Hospital Department of Neurosugery at Töölö Hospital. The Department is world-famous for its expertise in all subsections of neurosurgery and is considered the leading center in Europe in the microneurosurgical treatment of cerebral blood vessel diseases and complex brain tumors. WE PROVIDE SERVICES ALSO IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Melanoma and Sarcoma Diagnostics, surgery, oncological treatment, ILP (Isolated Limb Perfusion with Breast cancer Diagnostics, surgery, oncological treatment, breast reconstruction (immediate or later stage) Gynecological cancer Diagnostics, surgery, oncological treatment Gastrointestinal cancer (esophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum) Diagnostics, surgery, oncological treatment a cytotoxic drug) 11

12 HYKSin provides Helsinki University Hospital care for international and private patients. Using the facilities and professionals of one of the most respected hospitals in Europe, we apply methods of the highest international standards. We are known for safe and reliable Cancer treatment high-tech medical services with excellent treatment results. Our employees are among the best and most experienced professionals in Finland. IN NEED OF CANCER EXPERTISE? Please contact our Customer Service or visit us at Our clients are provided with complete assistance in English. Customer Service tel Office HYKSin Oy, Tukholmankatu 8 A Helsinki, Finland Telefax

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