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Oncology and Haematology

National and international reference centre in child cancer and rare haematological illnesses.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Oncology and Haematology Department is the national reference centre of for the treatment of developmental cancer and an international reference centre for determined types of tumours.

We are specialists in treating all manner of child cancers:

neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, musculoskeletal tumours (sarcomas), brain tumours, including brain stem gliomas, histiocytosis, kidney tumours, leukaemia and lymphomas.

We use the innovative therapy

We achieved the significant progress in the cancer´s treatment


We perform a molecular evaluation of the tumour to determine if it requires aggressive post-surgery treatment. We are one of the centres in Europe to apply anti-GD2 immunotheraphy.


We apply localised chemotherapy to the tumour by means of intra-arterial chemotherapy. We are the only centre which can offer intra vitreous therapy with virus in a clinical trial.

Musculoskeletal tumours

We apply reconstruction techniques to the affected limb, with bone material from patients themselves or from a donor, to avoid amputation.

We also treat rare haematological illnesses:

More about our specialties

At the forefront of knowledge

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is able to offer all techniques for molecular diagnosis and disease prognosis to our patients, while working to develop new, more effective and less aggressive therapies for children suffering from cancer.

Read more about research

Every year we treat nearly 2,000 children and adolescents with all kinds of developmental cancer, of whom 250 are new patients at the Hospital.

Our outcomes

Retinoblastoma in advanced stages
Eye preservation rate
Focal cerebral tumour
Survival rate
Localised Ewing's sarcoma
Cure rate
Localised osteosarcomas
Cure rate
Immunotherapy has allowed us to see how our child continues to grow.
The mother of Ivan
In this video, María, the mother of Luis Fernando, recalls her experience at our hospital and Dr Jaume Mora tells us about the treatment he administered to this patient.
In this video, Jukeiver’s father explains to us his experience at our hospital, and Dr Jaume Catalá tells us what treatment he administered to this patient.

Frequently asked questions

What should I do to arrange a visit at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Before arranging a visit at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, our medical team must assess the case. To this aim, you must specify the patient's details on the form and enclose the current medical report and complementary tests (imaging, laboratory, etc.). You may also send us any audiovisual document (photo or video) that shows the patient's current condition.

You may send us reports and tests in the following languages: English, Spanish or Catalan.

It is very important that the reports and test results be recent to allow our specialists to assess each case appropriately.

Following evaluation by our medical team, we will send you a detailed treatment proposal and an economic assessment.

How long will it take to respond to my request?

It may take 5 to 7 days to prepare a personalised treatment proposal. We do not send standard proposals. Our specialists study each case to prepare a detailed treatment proposal. If necessary, a multidisciplinary team assesses the patient's situation.

Who examines the case?

Your case will be examined by international experts in each medical or surgical specialty. Our specialists in different paediatric and obstetric disciplines provide multidisciplinary guidance of each patient's case.

We already have a diagnosis in our country. Is it necessary to repeat the tests in Spain?

At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we try to minimise unnecessary tests and tests that may impact the patient's state of health. However, depending on the quality and resolution of the tests provided, our specialists may find it necessary to repeat tests with more precise and reliable technology.

Tests will only be performed under the instruction of medical professionals at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.

Which languages do the healthcare professionals speak and how will our consultations be managed?

The language of communication with the medical team may be Spanish or English. The Hospital may provide an official Russian, French or Arabic interpreter who will accompany the family during hospital visits.

At the discretion of the healthcare professional, the Hospital may request the presence of an interpreter to ensure that the family understands the medical team's explanation of the patient's diagnosis and treatment.

Interpreting services are not included in the medical care budget.

How and when is payment made for diagnosis and treatment? Must payment be made in advance?

While 100% of the medical care budget must be paid in advance, if, at the time of discharge, 100% of the budget has not been used up, the remaining deposit will be returned to the family.

It is recommended that payment be made by bank transfer. Payment in cash is limited to €15,000, according to Spanish regulations.

Is hospitalisation required to make a diagnosis?

It is not necessary. At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we try to minimise days of admission and promote outpatient treatment. This is to prevent infections in patients with a weakened immune system and empower patients to go through the process with their families.

What documentation is necessary to admit a patient?

On the patient's arrival it is necessary to present:

  • Original passport of patient.
  • Original passport of patient's father, mother or legal guardian.
  • Postal address in country of origin.
  • Contact details (telephone and email address).
With which insurance companies/mutual insurance companies does the hospital work?

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has agreements with various insurance companies.

Insurance companies may arrange all existing services with the hospital or only authorise specific ones. Carefully review the terms of your health insurance policy and check with your insurance company about your coverage to confirm that the care that you request (visit, treatment, emergencies, etc.) is covered by your insurer at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.

If you need to request more information, contact your insurance company or write to us.

We have come to stay for a few weeks. Hotel accommodation is going to be very expensive for us. Do we have any other options?

In Barcelona there is a wide range of apartments and hostels available. Our team can recommend you accommodation close to the Hospital and suited to your needs.

You should be aware that the cost of accommodation may vary substantially depending on the season.

How to get your child admitted to SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital