We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Paediatric oncological surgery is the branch of paediatric surgery that is dedicated to the surgical treatment of paediatric oncological and haematological diseases and their complications. It is one of the basic pillars for the treatment of solid paediatric tumours.
These are illnesses that, due to their severity, complexity, and rareness, must be centralised in hospitals that are equipped with experienced multidisciplinary teams and the technology and medical experience necessary. The evolution of this unit has often gone hand-in-hand with the surgical advances achieved in solid organ transplants, which has allowed it to develop advanced techniques that now make enormously difficult cases operable. In addition, it frequently requires collaboration from other highly complex paediatric specialities (heart surgery, neurosurgery, spinal surgery, plastic surgery, etc.). Vall d’Hebron is the hospital that offers the most oncology services in Catalonia, and it is a member of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) for Paediatric Oncology “PaedCan” and Rare Haematological Diseases “EuroBloodNet”. It is also accredited by JACIE for paediatric haematopoietic stem cell transplants.
Paediatric tumours are complex and rare. Treating them in reference centres such as Vall d’Hebron offers the maximum chances of success. The Oncology Surgery Unit is a highly specialised reference unit that works in collaboration with the Paediatric Oncohaematology Department and other related departments, to offer the patient the best possible quality of care. We boast medical, surgical, and central departments that are highly specialised in oncological care and that ensure a comprehensive vision of the process. They incorporate all of the preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and monitoring aspects that these patients require, including personalised therapies and the use of genomic platforms. The hospital has some of the latest technological advances at its disposal, which allows us to offer everything from minimally invasive and robotic surgery to combined treatments using interventional radiology and complex multidisciplinary interventions. The position of Vall d’Hebron Hospital as a national reference centre for paediatric solid organ transplants allows for comprehensive care in cases where transplants are the only treatment or part of the treatment (especially in liver and kidney tumours) to cure the illness.
The Unit also provides the surgical treatments necessary for benign and malignant paediatric haematological diseases and haematopoietic stem cell transplants, such as fertility preservation techniques and the removal of the spleen in some types of anaemia.
We also participate in VHIR’s Translational Research in Cancer in Children and Teenagers Group as a fundamental part of the team, which works closely with clinical care, mostly through the Programme for Personalised Medicine in Paediatric Cancer. We also collaborate with other national and international research centres, along with several international collaborative groups for solid paediatric tumours. This allows us to remain at the forefront of surgical treatment for paediatric oncohaematology patients.
Either as a unit or individually, we participate in and/or are accredited by, via external audits, the following national and international networks, which guarantee that patients can access our unit from any point within the Spanish or European healthcare system:
ERN (European Reference Networks)
Reference Centres, Services and Units (RCSU)
The Unit treats all kinds of benign and malignant tumours, both visceral and of the soft tissue (thoracic and abdominal), with the exception of tumours of the central nervous system, the locomotor apparatus, and the heart, which are operated on by other surgical departments at our centre. We cover the age range from the prenatal period to adolescence, and even treat young adults (for some types of tumours).
We treat, among others, the following solid tumours:
Among the soft-tissue sarcomas, the following are included: retroperitoneal tumours, sarcomas of the biliary tract, gynaecological sarcomas, etc. We are a reference centre in Spain for the treatment of all kinds of paediatric sarcomas, and we are part of the EpSSG Surgical Subcommittee.
In bone sarcomas, we treat tumours of the thoracic wall, even when the vertebrae and medullary canal are affected (in collaboration with the Spine Unit) and/or the case requires complex thoracic reconstruction.
Regarding haematological diseases, we would especially like to mention:
Lastly, the Oncology Surgery Unit coordinates and takes part in Vall d’Hebron Hospital Paediatric Vascular Anomalies Committee, which meets once a month. This committee is comprised of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, paediatric surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, oncologists, and paediatricians. Its objective is to diagnose and treat the most complex cases of anomalies and both cutaneous and visceral vascular tumours.
Translational Research in Cancer in Children and Teenagers
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