- Global hospital
- Treating patients as human beings
- Multidisciplinary approach
- The teaching aspect
- Intensive research activity
- The forefront of innovation
- Wellness center
The Cancer Centre is fully integrated within Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc. This means that every patient treated in the Cancer Centre has the guarantee of global care, which takes account of everything to do with his or her state of health.
For example, cancer patients with diabetes will be given global care, benefiting from the expertise of different doctors treating the cancer and the diabetes in the same location. Patients are also guaranteed perfect communication between all carers, thus guaranteeing each carer full knowledge of what is on the patient’s medical file.
To guarantee optimum quality of care for all patients, the Cancer Centre has created a job unique in Belgium, the oncology care co-ordinator or CSO. The co-ordinator accompanies patients throughout their treatment, playing a key role in keeping both patients and relatives informed and supported. The co-ordinator also ensures perfect co-ordination between the various people involved.
When cancer strikes, both patients and families can be plunged into fear and distress. The support of a psychologist will be offered, and the psychologist may be involved in all stages in the disease.
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The Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc Cancer Centre contains several multidisciplinary groups, which cover all types of cancer and, as their name suggests, consist of specialists from different disciplines: oncologists, haematologists, radiotherapists, house doctors, surgeons, radiologists, anatomopathologists and genetic specialists. Each group specialises in one type of cancer (for example, the “breast tumours discussion group”).
Each patient’s case is discussed individually and specifically during these multidisciplinary meetings, thus guaranteeing optimum care and personalised treatment, based on the expertise of the multidisciplinary group, international literature and the latest scientific progress in diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
The Cancer Centre is an integral part of Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, which has a basic threefold teaching mission: to provide top-quality care, develop up-to-date research and offer excellent teaching facilities.
All these activities are combined on the same site, guaranteeing optimal interaction between actors. This close collaboration between researchers and clinicians allows us to perfect new treatments aimed at improving the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer. Our patients are the first to benefit from proximity and exchanges.
The Cancer Centre is actively involved in cancer research, through laboratories and clinical studies managed by the doctors.
A specific feature of teaching centres with a direct link to a medical faculty, basic research is carried out in the laboratory.
At the Woluwé site of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), a number of laboratories are dedicated exclusively to research into new cures for cancer.
This is the location of ICP (Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology), an international biomedical research institute. Among other organisations, it houses the Brussels branch of the Ludwig Institute, whose laboratories are world-famous for their cancer research.
Clinical research offers patients opportunities to test new molecules or combinations of molecules before they are marketed. These are clinical trials offered by pharmaceutical firms and studies initiated by the Cancer Centre clinicians.
The aim of these trials is twofold: on one hand, to offer patients the most up-to-date treatment, and on the other hand, to advance research in the fight against cancer.
We therefore offer patients the opportunity to benefit from the latest updated treatments.
Over the years, we have created a network linking numerous world-famous hospitals and cancer centres.
Many doctors are regularly sent abroad to improve their medical knowledge, learn new surgical techniques, and familiarise themselves with new technology. All this keeps the Saint-Luc Cancer Centre at the forefront with the latest innovations.
Among our latest acquisitions is tomotherapy hi-art, a real revolution in radiotherapy, one of the first machines of its kind installed in Europe and the first to be operational in French-speaking Belgium. It helps us treat even the most inaccessible tumours effectively.
We also have a latest generation PET-CT, which helps us provide more efficient examinations when diagnosing certain types of cancer.