Billion Project: Masaryk Oncology Institute to Expand

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The Masaryk Oncology Institute in Brno, the largest healthcare facility in the Czech Republic for the fight against cancer, is set to expand by two pavilions by 2026. The expansion is part of a billion-dollar project to improve patient care and preventive examinations.

Internationally recognized as a research institute, the Masaryk Oncology Institute cares for approximately 80,000 patients. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek refers to it as the “family gold of Czech healthcare.” The institute’s mission extends beyond caring for cancer patients and includes numerous world-class scientific projects.

Construction of both pavilions has already begun. On Monday, a cornerstone ceremony for both projects took place, attended by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS). He emphasized that the Masaryk Oncology Institute is a critical facility with a uniquely specific place in the Czech healthcare system.

“I believe I’m not exaggerating when I say that both new pavilions will save many people’s lives,” stressed the prime minister, adding that the new centers will initiate additional programs for cancer patients and those focused on more effective cancer prevention.

According to the institute’s director, Marek Svoboda, the Center for Cancer Prevention is of equal importance. It will create conditions for strengthening all current cancer prevention programs while forming capacities for new programs and clinical research. “We will not only improve patient care with the new facilities but also expand research, meaning newly developed drugs will reach patients,” Svoboda said.