National Cancer Center

The purpose of founding a national cancer center is to improve cancer care , promote research and form a nationwide cooperation and innovation environment.

New modes of therapy  to benefit the patients are changing fast. To safeguard equal access to  services and to improve the quality of treatments in cancer care , coordination is required at a national-level. The aim is also to mitigate the increase in the costs of cancer treatment by focusing on the prevention of cancers, development of screenings, rehabilitation and controlled adoption of expensive treatments.

The objective of the research is to develop personalized and more effective cancer treatment, especially utilization of genomic data in diagnostics and offering targeted treatments, and to promote equal and immediate access to clinical trials for patients.

The goal is to form  national cancer centre on a new kind of operating model. With the model, clinical cancer research and the appropriate use of resources in the cancer care  service system would be coordinated more strongly at the national level.

Under the decree on the consolidation of specialised medical care, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa is responsible for planning cancer prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation at the national level and for coordinating the related activities. At the regional level, the responsibilities fall on each university hospital district.

Preparation of the national cancer centre

The cancer centre has been prepared by a working group titled “the operations of a national cancer center” (Kansallisen syöpäkeskuksen toiminnat) since April 1, 2016, followed by a steering group (Jan 1st 2018 until Dec 31st 2019) and the project group (until June 30, 2019). The national cancer centre will consist of five regional cancer centres, set up by universities and university hospital districts, as well as a unit assigned to coordinate activities. Each five regional cancer centres was established in 2018, and the joint coordination unit will be establish by the end of 2019.

The fully operations of the cancer centre are  with the establishment of a coordinating unit.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has granted discretionary government transfers to each of the five university hospital districts for the costs incurred in the planning and launch of the regional cancer centre, and in the implementation of national pilot projects.

The steering  group has set up a project group to prepare the establishment of the regional centers and to support the creation of regional and national operating models.

Planning of the national cancer centre, Tuula Helander and the working groups