FICAN South comprises of HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Wellbeing services county of Päijät-Häme (PäijätHA), Wellbeing services county of Kymenlaakso (Kymenhva), Wellbeing services county of South Karelia (EKhva), and University of Helsinki, which is in charge of medical research and education.

We operate in Southern Finland as part of the National Cancer Center Finland (FICAN)

Regional cancer centers were launched in 2018 and they operate in university hospitals in Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Kuopio, and Oulu. The regional cancer centers and the unit coordinating national activities together make up the National Cancer Center Finland FICAN, which aims to improve and streamline cancer treatment on a national level, and make sure that all patients have equal access to high quality care. FICAN South cooperates with other regional cancer centers. Together we create a new operating model to promote current and high quality cancer care and research in Finland.

To develop our activities, FICAN South has launched several cooperation projects

In our cooperation projects, the participants must be from at least two different FICAN South regional units, or from two different divisions or research groups in a single region.

FICAN South has granted funding for clinical  projects for 2022

  • Development of digital patient information for cancer and haematological patients in HUS and HUS Specific Catchment Area – guide videos
    Responsible person: Administrative Chief physician Aino Lepäntalo, HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • FINPROVE – The Finnish National Study to Facilitate Patient Access to Targeted Anti-cancer Drugs to determine the Efficacy in Treatment of Advanced Cancers with a Known Molecular Profile
    Responsible person: Head physician, Adjunct professor Katriina Peltola, Clinical Trial Unit, HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Personalized Treatment for Endometrial Carcinoma (PETREC)
    Responsible person: Chief physician, Adjunct professor Mikko Loukovaara, HUS Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Quality indicators in monitoring the quality of end-of-life care: pilot project
    Responsible person: Senior Ward Physician, Satu Ahtiluoto, Palliative Care Center, HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Smooth drug treatment process for a colon cancer patient from a hospital through an outpatient pharmacy to home: strengthening medication counseling and self-care
    Responsible person: Senior Pharmacist Kirsi Kvarnström, HUS Pharmacy
  • Molecular pathology of hematolymphoid neoplasms
    Responsible person: Chief Physician, Adjunct professor Marja-Liisa Karjalainen-Lindsberg, HUS Diagnostic Center
  • A Prospective Multicenter Trial Comparing Surgery to Active Surveillance In Patients With Bosniak 3 Renal Cystic Masses, A NoRenCa And FinnKidney Study
    Responsible person: Senior Ward Physician, Adjunct professor, Harry Nisén, Urology, HUS Abdominal Center
  • Development of Penile Cancer treatment
    Responsible person: Specialist, Hanna Vasarainen, Urology, HUS Abdominal Center

FICAN South Call for Applications 2022

FICAN South received 28 clinical project applications and funding was applied for totaling 1 482 349 €

Funding was granted for cooperation projects involving actors from at least two FICAN South contracting parties (HUS, UH, Eksote, PHHYKY, Kymsote).The project evaluation was carried out by an external evaluation board. All applications were evaluated in four different categories (clinical level, collaboration, applicability / benefit to the patient, other funding for the group / applicant). Funding was granted to eight clinical projects totaling EUR 297 730 €.

Further information:
Director Mika Mustonen, FICAN South