Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
The Gynaecological Oncology and Lower Genital Tract Pathology Unit is a part of the Gynaecology Department. It treats all genital cancer diseases in the Hospital's catchment area, as well as more complex cases with requirements that exceed the capacity of other health centres in Catalonia.
Our mission is to provide effective, efficient and quality healthcare in the treatment of diseases. Our guiding principle is comprehensive care, where treatment, teaching and research combine to offer the public the highest quality competitive service.
We treat complex pathologies that require multidisciplinary care in which professionals from different disciplines work together. The future of gynaecological oncology pathology is promising, and we have excellent results: between 80% and 90% of cases are resolved with non-invasive surgery, be it laparoscopic, robotic or vaginal. This helps improve the quality of life of our patients.
We work to continue making progress, not only in the care we provide, but also in basic research, which will ultimately improve the care our patients receive. Our mission is for the Gynaecological Oncology and Lower Genital Tract Pathology Unit to lead the way as a cutting-edge centre of excellence with the latest technology, both within the Hospital and in the Catalan public health system as a whole.
Portfolio of services
- Cervical cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Epithelial ovarian cancer
- Cancer of the vulva
- Cancer of the vagina
- Cancer of the fallopian tube
- Uterine sarcomas
- Breast cancer and hereditary ovarian cancer
- Primary peritoneal tumours
- Intraepithelial cervical neoplasia
- Intraepithelial vaginal neoplasia
- Intraepithelial neoplasia of the vulva
Dr. Antonio Gil, head of the Hospital’s Gynaecology Department, explains that multidisciplinary work is vital to maintain a level of excellence in patient care. They treat different pathologies, including all cancers of the urogenital apparatus and breast cancer.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.