Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
833 40 Bratislava, Limbová 1, tel. +421 2 59371 230, fax. +421 2 54788 000
Head of the Department: prof. MUDr. Alexandra Kolenová, PhD.
tel. +421 2 59371 230
Deputy Head: MUDr. Andrea Hrašková
tel. +421 2 59371 139
Secretary: Ivana Pajanková
tel./fax. +421 2 59371 376
MUDr. Judita Puškáčová, Ph.D.
MUDr. Peter Švec, Ph.D.
MUDr. Miroslava Makohusová, Ph.D.
MUDr. Sabína Smahová
MUDr. Veronika Urdová
MUDr. Monika Achbergerová
MUDr. Petra Bošanská
Children oncology is a follow-up specialization study of paediatrics dealing with aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostics, treatment and other oncologic disease issues and their complications in children and minors under 18. Oncologic diseases are the second most frequent cause of death in children. That is why it is important to pay adequate attention to these problems in both pregraduate and postgraduate training of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Children's Haematology and Oncology Clinic (KDHO) is the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University educational basis for training in children oncology and at the same time the largest of the three oncology centres in Slovakia that provide complex diagnostics and treatment of malignancies in children and minors. It is the seat of the committee of the Section of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology of the Slovak Paediatric Association, coordinating healthcare provided to children oncologic patients in Slovakia, and is engaged in international studies dedicated to children malignancies.
Children's Haematology and Oncology Clinic takes part in theoretical and practical preparation of full-time university students of medicine, nursing care and public health studies, providing education in children oncology to the effect of the study and examination scheme in the form of lecturing and practical teaching as well as in external learning. The Clinic's healthcare professionals specialized in children oncology are also involved in the teaching activities.
As a part of postgraduate studies, the Clinic's healthcare professionals deal with the question of using PET in malign lymphoma diagnostics, the issue of diagnostics and treatment of invasive mycoses. Examinations of minimal residual disease in acute lymphoblastic leukaemias using molecular genetics is performed in cooperation with the Department of Cytogenetics of the National Oncology Institute (through the mediation of the Children's Faculty Hospital and Clinic – DFNsP), funded by the grant of the Ministry of Health. The Clinic's professionals take part in the project of the Pathological Physiology Institute of the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University (the VEGA grant): Long-term complications in oncologic patients treated during the period of childhood and adolescence – a new multidisciplinary problem.
Children's Haematology and Oncology Clinic (temporarily Children Oncology Clinic) was established in 2004 on the basis of the Children Oncology Department of DFNsP that had been founded as an independent organizational unit in 1991, continuing the 20-year tradition in treatment of leukaemias and lymphomas in the II Children Clinics as well as the tradition of treatment of solid tumours in the Paediatric Surgery Clinic. The Clinic mainly provides cytostatic treatment of tumours. Tumour surgeries are made in mutual cooperation at DFNsP's surgery clinics, while radiotherapy is performed in St. Elisabeth Oncology Institute. As a part of the complex treatment of patients, the Clinic also provides all necessary supportive therapies, psychological and social care, continuing healthcare after the treatment's end, diagnostics and management of malignancies' late effects and their treatment; palliative care is also provided to children in final stage of incurable disease. The treatment complies with the international protocols for treatment of malignancies in children. Long-term survival of more than 70 % of patients is comparable to health centres abroad. Children's Haematology and Oncology Clinic also cooperates with other clinics and departments of DFNsP as well as with other – mostly oncologic – healthcare centres. It has developed an above standard cooperation with the Working Group of Children Haematology and with children's haematology and oncology clinics in the Czech Republic. Cooperation with working groups taking part in international studies is also developed.