Greetings from the Foundation Chair
There are very few wishes in life which are as strong as parents’ wish to help their sick child. Children suffering from malignant diseases affect lives of many, especially us parents who try to comfort them and be their largest support and encouragement in such an unfair situation.
Introducing the Institute for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
Prof. dr. Ernest Bilić,
Head of the Institute
Please tell us a little bit about where you work.
The Institute for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology is the Reference Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. The Institute treats all types of blood diseases and malignant diseases in children. The Institute doctors mostly treat leukaemia and lymphoma, since almost half of ill children under the age of 18 suffer from those two malignant diseases.
Why is the Institute for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology important?
The Institute is the only place in the Republic of Croatia which performs allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, i.e. transplantation in which the donor and the recipient of the bone marrow are different people. In addition to hematologists-oncologists, the transplantation team also includes experts from other areas without whom this procedure would not be possible (an internist hematologist, immunologist, transfusiologist, geneticist, biochemist, microbiologist, etc.).
Project of building a new top floor
Current capacity of the Institute (department) is 27 beds.
By constructing a completely new top floor Institute would get modern and functional 2000 sqm space.
All latest technical improvements would be introduced thus improving the quality of treatment and life of patients and their parents.