Oncology is the study of cancer and tumors. Oncology at Karolinska University Hospital includes planning and initiating cancer treatment, which can be carried out prior to or after surgical procedures. Patients come to us with an existing diagnosis in order to receive highly specialized cancer treatment. Our comprehensive cancer care includes radiation therapy, cell therapy, and medical treatments, as well as support for families and relatives.
By working with individual care and in multidisciplinary teams, we strive to achieve results that make a difference. To increase efficiency and patient experience, we work in a flow-based system, where we follow up throughout the whole patient journey. All patients are provided with a contact nurse – a first point of contact responsible for toxicity assessments, symptom management, and the individual care plan.
We include our patients in clinical studies as often as possible. We also work to ensure the collection of patient data for preclinical studies. Our well-established testing and data collection methods are essential for research and future innovations.
With the hospital's overall vision to cure and relieve tomorrow what no one can cure and relieve today, our goal is to offer world-class cancer care. The methods we use are always at the forefront of oncology, and our treatments are aligned with international guidelines for cell therapy, radiation therapy, and individualized cancer treatment.
The European Reference Networks (ERN) have been formed based on an initiative from the European Commission (EC). The networks gather experts from all over Europe with the aim of sharing expertise and enhancing the knowledge of rare diseases in order to provide equal access to the best healthcare. The ERNs enable us to learn from others and have increased our collaborations with oncological centers internationally. Karolinska participates in 20 of the 24 ENRs, and four of them fall under oncology. These are: