Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Motol University Hospital
Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Motol University Hospital was established in 2004 after the integration of both the Department of Paediatric Oncology and Division of Haematology in the 2nd Department of Paediatrics in the University Hospital Motol. The Department involves 91 beds in 6 wards. The Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit is a part of a department where about 50 child patients from all over the Czech Republic undergo this therapeutic procedure every year. Research laboratories specialize in etiology and pathogenesis of childhood leukaemia - and most common solid tumors in childhood are a considerable part of the children's Department. In the laboratories there are successful postgraduate students and scientific staff studying and working on a number of grant projects and research objectives. The Department widely utilizes a great concentration of paediatric specializations in the children's hospital. There is also cooperation with the parental civic association HAIMA CZ, z.s., DONOR z.s., the endowment fund Kapka Nadeje (a drop of hope) and the foundation Narod Detem (for the nations' children).
The Department is focused on diagnosis, therapy and research of malignant diseases of childhood, non-malignant haematology (blood) diseases such as anaemia, bleeding disorders and congenital coagulation disorders (haemophilia). Among other treated diseases are very demanding bone marrow transplants - such as congenital immunodeficiencies or metabolic disorders. With about 200 newly diagnosed patients with malignant tumors per year, the DPHO is the most successful department of this type in the Czech Republic. Within the undergraduate study of medicine at the 2nd Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, the staff of the DPHO do lectures and teach oncology, haematology and paediatrics. The Department provides postgraduate education in paediatric haematology and oncology, and participates in the education of specializations in clinical oncology, haematology and transfusion medicine.
Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology has established a close international cooperation with a number of European paediatric oncology and haematology centres and participates in international multicentric studies and research projects. Its staff are active commission members of various international corporations including the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).