1970-2000 The largest separate unit

Destroying cancer cells

An important method of treatment in the medical care of cancer patients are chemotherapeutic agents, in other words cytostatic therapy, the aim of which is to kill cancerous cells. The cytostatic agents are introduced into the body either intravenously or in the form of tablets. They move around the entire body through blood circulation. The goal of cytostatic drugs is to influence the genotype of cancer cells and metabolism in order to destroy cancer cells. Cytostatic agent therapy is also called chemotherapy, which refers to the treatment of the disease with chemically made medications.

Hormone therapy for cancer means that in certain cancer types cancerous cells may take advantage of the body’s own hormones in their growth, thus the influence of hormone therapy lies in the prevention of this process.

The oncology intensive care unit was founded in 1996 for patients whose condition required strict 24 h surveillance and preparedness for special interventions. This kind of caution is needed, for example, when high doses of cytostatic drugs are used to destroy cancer cells. This can lead to a situation where normal tissue, like bone marrow, may temporarily lose its ability to function normally and there might be urgent need to transfuse different kinds of blood preparations to the patient.