The Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (VHUH) is the largest hospital in Barcelona and the second largest in Spain; it covers various facilities that cover almost all medical and surgical specialities, has more than 1400 beds, and employs over 6000 people. It also houses various teaching centers, a medical school, public health facilities, research centers, laboratories and other complementary facilities.
The opportunity to create a cancer research center resulted from the relevance of clinical and translational research in cancer thereafter, and the need for centers with the required characteristics to be able to carry such research to term (excellent clinical environment for the treatment of cancer patients, multidisciplinary clinical premises that incorporate all relevant specialties, clinical teams expert in clinical and translational research, basic research teams and laboratories and adequate technology plataforms).
The Oncology Department was established in 1995 to meet the new requirements of oncology care and provide focal point for the different services in order to produce fully interrelated multidisciplinary care teams.
Since its creation, it has undergone significant quantitative and qualitative growth in the areas of patient-care, teaching and research perspective, to become a gold-standard center in Europe.