Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology for Children and Youth

To register under Szybka Terapia Onkologiczna (Express Cancer Therapy state programme), please call: +48 22 32 77 205

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Our History

2 January 1962 – the opening of Poland's first Paediatric Oncology Clinic.

1968 – the opening of Therapy and Treatment Centre in Rabka (42 beds)

1972 – PZWL publishes a textbook on childhood cancer, Poland's first and one of the first in the world.

On January 2, 1962, at the Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw, the first in Poland and the second in the world, the Children's Oncology Clinic, was founded, whose initiator, founder and organizer was prof. dr hab. n. med. Józef Bożek (1919-2011). Professor J. Bożek was also the first National Consultant for Children oncology in Poland. An Oncology Clinic for Children was opened at the Clinic, aimed at qualifying the child for treatment, consulting children and conducting post-treatment control. This structure of the Clinic has remained to this day.

Professor J. Bożek was the Head of the Clinic until 1990. From 1991 to 1996, the Head of the Children and Youth Oncology Clinic was prof. dr hab. n. med. Danuta Perek. In 1996, the clinic moved to IP-CZD. At the same time, the Oncological Surgery Department was established at the Mother and Child Institute, and then the Children and Youth Oncological Surgery Clinic, headed by prof. dr hab. n. med. Wojciech Wożniak (1951-2012). Professor Wojciech Woźniak was an outstanding scientist, author of many publications, didactic teacher, teacher of young generations of doctors, and above all a precursor of conservative surgical treatment and surgical treatment of metastatic foci in the lungs in children and adolescents with solid tumors in Poland.

After the death of prof. Wojciech Wożniak, the head of the clinic was Magdalena Rychłowska-Pruszyńska, MD, PhD. From July 2017, the head of the Clinic is prof. IMiD, dr hab. n. med. Anna Raciborska.

Today, the Clinic, on the basis of many years of experience, is actively involved in scientific research projects and clinical trials, which results in deepening trust among patients.

Our Services

Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology for Children and Youth is a highly specialised treatment centre, in particular in the treatment of tumours in children, including: Coordination and treatment centre for the treatment of bone cancer in children and youth, Complete diagnostics and comprehensive treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy) of childhood and youth cancer, Complete diagnostics and comprehensive treatment of child patients from all regions of Poland, with cancers of soft tissue, bone, sympathetic nervous system, kidneys, germ cells, thyroid gland, liver; skin abnormalities and other neoplastic and tumour-like processes, We are a referral centre for conserving, less radical therapies that make it possible to salvage a child's limb through the use of oncological endoprosthetic solutions and so called growing prosthetics. The prosthetic limb grows. In such cases we use an oncological endoprosthesis that extends as the child grows. Institute of Mother and Child is among the few medical centres globally, where the endoprosthesis is extended through the application of electromagnetic field, making the procedure quick and non-invasive. We cooperate with a number of domestic and foreign medical organizations. Research: Projects delivered by the Clinic State commissioned projects – medical opinions Grants Published original works Teaching: Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology for Children and Youth of IMC cooperates with paediatric oncology centres across Poland and a number of treatment centres abroad. We offer certification in childhood oncology for paediatric surgeons before Level 2 specialisation, oncologic surgeons, general surgeons and paediatricians.

Psychological Care

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, their life is split in two: in the hospital – when they see themselves only as a patient, and out of it – when they can be themselves. Cancer creates a breach between their hospital life and home life. It is important that the patient maintains the nurturing relationships from the time before the disease to benefit from their support. A child and his or her family should be helped to understand that the disease has not made the child different from their peer group. A psychologist can help the child to understand their reactions that may sometimes seem unnatural, while it is the situation that is unnatural, not the child. It is best when the parents continue to perform their parenting responsibilities: provide the child with education, help him or her grow and develop. A psychologist can help them to see that the disease should not affect the division of rights and responsibilities in the parent – child patient, child patient – sibling, parent – sibling relationships. The right approach will result in healthy behaviours in the future, which will translate into the child's relationships and success in life. Many people are involved in the treatment of the child: doctors, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, preachers. The patient's family, loved ones and friends form a crucial support group. There are also teachers and foundations cooperating with the Clinic. It is vital that all parties trust one another and work hand in hand to help the patient go through the treatment and get back to health. With the rapid progress psychology has enjoyed in the recent years (in the medical sense – psychooncology / psychosomatics / psychology of health and disease), as well as remembering the beneficial impact of psychological assistance during the disease, the Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology for Children and Youth of Mother and Child employs two psychologists / counsellors with relevant postgraduate psychooncological training, members of Polish Psychooncologists Association. In-house psychological assistance consist of supporting and accompanying the patients and their families in solving problems related to the disease, in the course of the treatment and all related procedures. This includes assistance in handling other issues that can potentially affect the treatment and recovery. Psychological assistance extends beyond the treatment period and is offered also to patients who are dealing with other cancer-related issues. The psychologist conducts therapy sessions with the child patient and parents, observes the child / the family, works closely with the personnel of the oncology unit. They also provides psychological training by teaching parents about healthy parenting behaviours, eliminates popular misconceptions related to cancer and, if needed, uses also psychotherapeutic techniques. Dear children, parents, siblings and other whom it may concern: feel free to contact us, talk, ask questions. Be open, curious, inquisitive. We are available at the Department of Oncology and Surgical Oncology for Children and Youth or in the Clinic's office. You can also contact us via e-mail. Joanna Kmita (psychologist / counsellor / psychooncology expert) Aleksandra Tobota (psychologist / counsellor / psychooncology expert)

Neurofibromatosis Unit

The Clinic's Neurofibromatosis Unit provides care to patients with neurofibromatosis and similar diseases, with high risk of developing cancer. The group includes: Neurofibromatosis Type 1. (NF-1) and Mosaic NF1, Neurofibromatosis - Noonan Syndrome (NF-NS), Legius Syndrome (NFLS), Neurofibromatosis Type 2. (NF-2), Schwannomatosis (NF-3), as well as other, selected RASopathies. Besides the preliminary and differential diagnosis, we provide periodic testing with all necessary screening tests, coordination of the treatment process and comprehensive care of patients and their families. For registration and queries, please contact: Admissions: only following an appointment for a specific date, all weekdays, except for Wednesdays, when patients are received between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.


Head of Clinic
Professor Anna Raciborska
22 32 77 205
Building B, 1st floor

Deputy Head
Andrzej Szafrański, PhD

Deputy Head
lek. Tomasz Koziński

  Coordinating nurse
Monika Możdżonek
22 32 77 114