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Department of hemato-oncology

Prof. Dr. Emili Montserrat Costa
oncology, haematology

About the department

The department of hemato-oncology at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona specializes in comprehensive and personalized care for detecting and treating blood cancers, from the onset of symptoms to their development. The department is structured so that the patient and his family have everything they need to carry out the treatment in the most convenient way. The head of the unit is a world-renown specialist in haematology and oncology with a particular interest in leukaemias and lymphomas. The department consists of a continuous patient care unit, radiotherapy and chemotherapy centre, a day hospital and an oncological pharmacy to prepare cytostatics. The medical team works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Doctors pay special attention to the screening of blood cancers. In addition, specialists offer their patients an assessment of the risk of developing cancer-based on their personal and family history and the possibility of genetic testing for patients with a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

Doctors of the department have outstanding experience in treating haematological diseases such as leukaemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes. The unit is equipped with advanced equipment for patients' radiation therapy. The doctors, physicists and technicians are highly skilled in using advanced radiation technology to improve treatment efficiency while minimizing the common unwanted effects of conventional radiation therapy. The department also operates an oncocardiological centre to avoid cardiovascular complications during chemotherapy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Acute lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia 
  • Chronic myelogenous leukaemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome 
  • Myeloproliferative disease 
  • Bone marrow failure syndrome 
  • Hodgkin lymphoma 
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 
  • Multiple myeloma 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (including family history) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Blood smear 
  • Reticulocyte count 
  • Special tests of blood cells 
  • Clotting tests 
  • Measures of proteins and other substances 
  • Blood typing 
  • Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy 
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) 
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Ultrasound examination

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Dietary changes 
  • Stimulation of the production of bone marrow
  • Cytostatic therapy 
  • Surgical treatment 
  • Blood transfusions
  • Targeted therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Radiation therapy 
  • Immunotherapy 
  • Stem cell transplantation
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona

Experience

  • Director of the Hematology Program at the Teknon Oncology Institute
  • Professor at the European School of Hematology and the European School of Oncology

Awards, memberships, publications

  • President of European Hematology Association
  • Expert for the World Health Organization (WHO) in leukaemias and lymphomas
  • The author of more than 400 scientific works
  • Has participated in more than 30 books and monographs on leukaemias and lymphomas
  • Lilly Award in Biomedicine
  • National Award in Oncology
  • Severo Ochoa Award
  • Recognition of a professional career by the European Societies of Hematology
  • Executive Member of the International Society of Hemato-Oncology (SOHO)
  • Honorary Member of several Universities and Scientific Organizations (Royal College of Pathology (London), Rai/Binet Medals (USA) 
  • Associate Editor of Leukemia, one of the most prestigious journals in the field of hemato-oncology
  • European Society of Medical Oncology
  • American Society of Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
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