The Southern Finland National Cancer Center, FICAN South, coordinates cancer diagnostics and care, and promotes cancer research in Southern Finland.
FICAN South comprises of HUS Helsinki University Hospital, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing (PHHYKY), Joint Authority for Kymenlaakso Social and Health Care Services (Kymsote), South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote), and University of Helsinki, which is in charge of medical research and education.
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.
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 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 €.
Director Mika Mustonen, FICAN South