The Maria Skłodowska–Curie Greater Poland Cancer Centre (further referred to as the Centre, we or GPCC) is a highly specialised medical centre located in Poznań, the heart of the Wielkopolska (greater Poland) region, that provides a full combined cancer therapy: surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Annually, the centre receives over 20,000 inpatients, performs nearly 7,000 surgeries and over 13,000 cytostatic treatments, and administers ionising radiation procedures to nearly 6,000 patients.
The Centre’s strategy is to focus all its resources and actions in the combat against cancer using modern treatment and management methods and employing the latest available technologies, while keeping in mind patients’ needs, expectations and dignity and hoping do restore their health. Medical services are provided by highly qualified staff using the new-generation, regularly maintained equipment; an extended and continually modernised infrastructure; and a variety of medical materials, reagents and formulations.
Bearing in mind the well-being and safety of its patients, as well as their needs and expectations, and for the sake of the environment and safety of its staff, in compliance with the highest health and safety standards, the Centre has implemented the Integrated Management System (IMS) in compliance with the following standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, PN-N-18001, as well as accreditation guidelines of the Quality Monitoring Centre, and adopted the IMS policy for practical application. The system has been implemented and maintained in all hospital’s organisational units in order to effectively carry out the Centre’s strategy.
The GPCC actively cooperates with Poznań-based academic institutions: University of Medical Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University and University of Technology. We also collaborate with other Polish oncology centres, such as: Warsaw Oncology Centre, Krakow Oncology Centre, Gliwice Oncology Centre, and scientific societies, such as: Polish Oncology Society, Polish Society of Radiation Oncology, Polish Task Group of Head and Neck Cancer Study, Student Research Group for Radiation Oncology, and Association of Radiological Protection Inspectors that brings together members from across Poland and holds annual meetings to exchange experiences.
The Centre has scientific cooperation at the international level, including constant working contacts with the Catalan Oncology Institute (Institut Català d’Oncologia – ICO), and participates in the exchange of experiences under programmes held by the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation.
We have cooperated for many years with key international organisations: International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), International Health Organisation (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), European Federation of Organisations in Medical Physics (EFOMP), Organisation of European Cancer Institute (OECI), as well as outstanding experts in cancer treatment involving ionising radiation.
In cooperation with local universities, the GPCC provides teaching activities for students of the following faculties: Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Biotechnology and Electroradiology (University of Medical Sciences); Physical Therapy (University of Physical Education); Medical Physics (A. Mickiewicz University). Furthermore, the Centre houses some departments of the medical university: Chair of Oncology including the Department of Cancer Pathology, Chair of Biotechnology, Department of Electroradiology and Head & Neck Surgery and ENT Oncology Clinic with a reception room.
We actively use financing available under the EU Structural Funds. A number of EU-funded projects have been carried out since 2004 with the aim to improve the standards and availability of specialised treatment, including radiotherapy, in the Wielkopolska region.
The infrastructure of the Greater Poland Cancer Centre comprises several buildings, with the oldest of them built in the mid 19th century and the newest in 2014. All the buildings have been modernised or constructed in accordance with the EU standards. Additionally, the construction of the Kalisz branch of the Greater Poland Cancer Centre, started back in 2012, has just been finished, while other external branches are planned to be built in Piła, Leszno and Konin as part of the programme for development and improvement of access to cancer treatment services in Wielkopolska supported by the Wielkopolska Province authorities.
The GPCC also coordinates the construction of the Poznań Proton Radiotherapy Centre in the Adam Mickiewicz University campus in Morasko, a joint project of the Centre, AMU, University of Medical Sciences, Poznań University of Technology and Province Offic.
Julian Malicki, Prof
Director of the Greater Poland Cancer Centre