The Department of Oncology at the University of Helsinki is the largest oncological teaching and research institution in Finland. It operates under the purview of a department at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa with the same name which is part of the HUCS Comprehensive Cancer Center and the largest cancer hospital in the country. The centre has received accreditation from the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes with the highest possible status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Annually, the centre treats some 25,000 patients, of whom over 9,000 are new patients.
The Department of Oncology is responsible for basic education in oncology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki, specialist education in oncology and postgraduate research education in the field. Research operations at the Department are very active.
The Department of Oncology operates in facilities provided by HUS at Haartmaninkatu (visiting address Haartmaninkatu 4). The Department’s cooperation with both the Helsinki University Central Hospital and the hospital district is close and seamless. Most patients treated in the hospital are patients of the hospital district, but treatment is provided also to cancer patients living elsewhere in Finland.