Cancer Ward RS2

We treat cancer patients who have been diagnosed with lymphatic tissue cancer, sarcoma, testicular cancer or thyroid cancer. The majority of our patients are adults, but we also treat young people over the age of 16. Patients requiring surgical treatment and those diagnosed with malignant blood cell disorders or gynaecological cancer are mainly treated at other units of Tays.

We are in charge of demanding cancer treatment. The majority of our patients come from Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme and South Ostrobothnia. With each cancer patient, we prepare an individual treatment plan to be specified during treatment periods.

Our special expertise is treating patients coming in for cancer pharmacotherapy, isotope treatment and radiation therapy and for different examinations and procedures. We treat possible problem situations arising during cancer treatment, such as infection, anaemia, treatment side effects, pain and various symptoms caused by cancer, with different supportive treatments.

We carry out demanding cancer pharmacotherapy and large dose chemotherapy provided with the support of an autologous stem cell transfer in the case of certain cancer diseases. In addition, the ward engages actively in cancer research. Investments are made in development work, so new and improved treatment practices can be devised for the treatment of cancer.

The course of treatment at the ward

Patients are invited for treatment at the ward based on a doctor’s referral. Usually, the patient comes to the ward for the first time after the first visit to the cancer outpatient clinic. Some of the patients are sent to our ward from other hospitals or different units of Tays. Patients requiring emergency treatment come to the ward primarily via the First Aid Unit Acuta.

When coming to the ward as a patient, it is recommended to prepare for staying overnight, because the treatment plan may change from the previous plan and be specified at the ward.

The average length of a treatment period at the ward is under three days. Because cancer pharmacotherapy in particular repeats in cycles of 1–3 weeks, the patient may come to the ward for treatment several times. During high-dose treatment, the patient may need ward treatment for several weeks.

After treatment at the ward, the treatment of the patient may continue at the cancer outpatient clinic. If the patient’s the treatment continues elsewhere, for example at the health centre, another hospital or some other outpatient treatment unit, we send a written summary, with the patient’s consent, on the treatment provided and instructions for further treatment.

Facilities and personnel

The ward is situated on the third floor of the Radius building. Patients are treated around the clock every day of the week. On weekdays, there are a total of 24 places for patients in single and double rooms. All rooms are equipped with their own shower and toilet. There is also a separate room for close relatives and friends at the ward. More information on the use of the room is available from the personnel.

The Patient Hotel is suitable for patients who do not require direct hospital care during the treatment period. The suitability of the patient for becoming a customer of the hotel is assessed by the attending doctor. The overnight stay costs do not exceed the price of the hospital fee and the patient’s close relative or friend may also stay affordably in the same room as the patient. Further information about the practical arrangements is available from the personnel.

The planning and implementation of the patient’s comprehensive treatment involves not only the patient and his/her close relatives but also a team of experts from different professions. The team includes a doctor specialising in cancer treatment, specialising doctors and nurses as well as special workers, such as a dietician, social worker or physiotherapist, according to need.

During hospitalisation, a cancer specialist is in charge of the treatment of the patient.

Visiting

The visiting hours end at 9 pm.

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Persons in charge

Specialist Leena Keskinen
Ward manager Anne Raukola