Brain surgery

Surgical interventions on the brain are grouped by specialty. Neurosurgery experts contribute significantly to the understanding of neurovascular diseases and the development of innovative therapies.

Mediastinal diseases

The mediastinum is the central part of the rib cage, located between the two lungs. It is divided into three sections: the posterior, middle and anterior mediastinum. It includes the heart, great vessels, esophagus and trachea, as well as the thymus.


A schwannoma is a tumor of the nervous system that develops in certain glial cells (non-excitable cells of the nervous system).

These cells create an insulating sheath (myelin) around neurons to facilitate the transmission of nerve impulses. They can develop into tumors that are usually benign.

A schwannoma can occur in any of the thoracic nerves. It can be treated with excision.

Diseases Treated

  • Primary liver tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Liver metastases
  • Cysts and polycystic liver disease
  • Biliary tract tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Pancreatic tumors (solid and cystic)
  • Cholestatic and vascular liver diseases
  • Chronic liver diseases (in particular those that need etiological and therapeutic investigations)
  • Inflammatory diseases of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas
  • Chronic and acute viral hepatitis*
  • Hepatic encephalopathy*
  • Alcoholic steatohepatitis*

Cancer Center


Mission of the Cancer Center

The Cancer Center, formerly called the Oncology Center, was created in 2012 as one of the HUG Centers of Excellence
Its mission is to connect the different medical divisions dealing with medical and surgical cancer care in order to pool the manifold skills available.

For each type of cancer, the Cancer Center has set up tumour boards and specialized cancer treatment centers: the breast cancer centerthe lung cancer center and the prostate cancer center.

In the tumour boards, dedicated multidisciplinary expert teams discuss patient cases. Their mission is to provide the best therapeutic strategy for every patient and to ensure, within the hospital, the most personalized treatment each patient needs.

The specialized centers mission is to provide optimal quality and to organize the best care at each step in the treatment program. Some of these centers (breast center and prostate cancer center) received formal accreditation from external official organizations.