Brussels hospital opens new cancer clinic

Summary

The Sint-Jan Hospital in central Brussels unveiled its new cancer clinic last week, which brings together all of the hospital’s expertise in the area in one place. The clinic will group together 12 expert teams covering a wide range of disciplines.

Making the life of the patient easier

The Sint-Jan Hospital in central Brussels unveiled its new cancer clinic last week, which brings together all of the hospital’s expertise in the area in one place. The clinic will group together 12 expert teams covering a wide range of disciplines, designed to “make the life of the patient easier,” a hospital spokesperson said. Each patient will “receive individual treatment to the full extent of his or her needs.” That includes psychological counselling, diet information, social assistance and even wellness and art therapy.

The clinic also takes a holistic approach to families, with spaces provided for family members, if needed. In addition, technical equipment will be installed in the clinic so that patients won’t need to be transported to other parts of the hospital for scans or tests.

Brussels hospital opens new cancer clinic

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