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Head Petar Suton, MD, PhD tel: +3851 290 3757 email:
Head nurse Marina Petrović, bacc. med. techn. tel: +3851 290 3757 email:
Secretary Tatjana Šoštarić tel: +3851 290 3757 email: Tatjana Šoštarić

The Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy began its work on December 19, 2022 with the application of the first systemic therapy. The establishment of the new oncology department at the Dubrava University Hospital was preceded by a positive opinion of the Croatian Medical Chamber, a work permit from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia (November 30, 2022) and an agreement with the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (December 15, 2022), which made the department part of the public healthcare network of the Republic of Croatia.

At present, the average number of treatments is 50-60 per day. The average waiting time for the first examination is 7 days, while treatments are carried out within 2-3 weeks from the indication for oncological treatment.

The Department currently employs six oncology specialists, one resident of oncology and radiotherapy, two nurses with master’s degrees in nursing, ten nurses with bachelor’s degrees, two nurses and two administrative secretaries. Three specialists have PhD degree, one specialist is a full professor with a permanent title at the Department of Clinical Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, and one specialist is a research associate at the the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. All employees are continuously educated through education courses in the country and abroad and are active and recognized in the international scientific community (more than 170 CC-indexed publications with more than 2100 citations).

In the first year of work, more than 3,000 therapies were applied, of which more than 1,700 were specific oncological therapies. More than 900 complex initial examinations and about 4,500 control examinations were carried out, while more than 1,000 oncology patients were presented and discussed in multidisciplinary teams.

In 2023 and 2024, the construction of a Radiotherapy Center with two bunkers and space for a CT simulator with the installation of two digital linear accelerators with the possibility of volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and a CT simulator with associated equipment (software, dosimetry equipment and equipment for patient fixation) is planned. A conceptual solution has been developed for this project and we are in the process of designing the space for the radiotherapy equipment.