About Onkologikoa

Onkologikoa, the Kutxa Oncology institute, is a monographic centre for preventing, diagnosing, researching and treating cancer.

Its functional structure is based on multidisciplinary units; each case is studied by the corresponding functional unit and a therapy plan is proposed for each patient.

More than 300 professionals in different areas provide service to the patient, using the electronic case history and digital imaging in a singular building equipped with cutting-edge technologies.

Onkologikoa has an agreement with the Basque Government Ministry of Health for providing care to Social Security patients. However, it also provides care to people who have work insurance and private patients. Furthermore, Kutxabank clients can benefit from special terms when paying for its services.

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A specialised medical centre made by and for people.

The service we offer every day is based on four main areas consisting of the knowledge obtained in our long experience, introduction of the latest technologies, permanent research and focus on the wellbeing and comfort of the patient themselves.

Prestigious medicine

Because we have been providing oncology treatment for 85 years. 85 years of being a benchmark in the medical sector. We put our body and soul into guaranteeing that the things we can't cure today will have a cure tomorrow. Our aim? Your hope.

Avant garde technology

At Onkologikoa we closely follow the advances being developed in the oncology treatment sector so that we can equip ourselves with the very best in cutting-edge technology for treating any kind of cancer. We have kubeakes accelerators, gamma cameras, digital mammographs, PET and CAT scans, an IMMI room, ultrasounds...

On the cutting edge of research

Can you imagine a computer technician who doesn't regularly update? Continuous information is essential in keeping abreast with the latest in medical breakthroughs, and that's the spirit which pushes the medical team at Onkologikoa. Leading research, sharing studies with other benchmark centres.

Comfort, speed and results

Nobody wants to be in hospital. We also know what it's like to be worried sick with uncertainty when you're waiting to have a test done, or for its results. That's why we do everything we can to keep waiting times to a minimum. And so that you'll feel as much at home as possible.


85 years of history at the service of the patient.

Every milestone, every step in our history has helped us to be better professionals, to have greater knowledge and to give the best of ourselves every day.


The Gipuzkoa Anti-Cancer League is constituted, starting its work by managing the creation of a Cancer Institute. It has financial support from the Provincial Council, the San Sebastian City Council and other institutions such as the former Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Gipuzkoa savings bank.


Having been paralysed for months due to proclamation of the Republic, on 13th August 1933 the Radio-Surgical Institute of Gipuzkoa as it is christened opens its doors at the top of Aldakoenea in San Sebastián. Dr Luis Ayestarán is the founder and first director of the centre.


A new radiotherapy facility is opened, of the Condex (Westinghouse) type, donated by the Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Gipuzkoa.


Given the economic difficulties suffered at that time by the Radio-Surgical Institute, on request by the latter, on 14th February 1952, the Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Gipuzkoa assumes the maintenance of said Institute as one of their own social initiatives.


The first collaboration agreement is signed between the Social Security and the Instituto Radio-Quirúrgico.


Based on the campaign run by the Spanish Association Against Cancer in Gipuzkoa, requesting aid from local industrialists, the first cobalt-60 machine is inaugurated.


Completion of extension work on the building in Aldakonea, which now has a capacity of 108 beds. That same year the Radiophysics Service is created and the Radiotherapy Service is updated, incorporating a new cobalt-60 pump, a Betatron-type particle accelerator, and a simulator.


The first screening campaign is carried out to locate breast and cervical tumours. That same year, the Nuclear Medicine Sector is equipped with a scanner-camera.


The Oncology Institute signs a new collaboration agreement with Insalud.


The Basque Health Service - Osakidetza assumes the agreement with the Oncology Institute.


The Post-Surgery Reanimation Unit is created, and the nuclear medicine equipment is renewed with the acquisition of a tomographic gamma camera. The first linear accelerator is installed. Moreover, the Radiodiagnosis Service improves its equipment by adding a CAT scan.


A fundamental change occurs in the functional dynamic of the different Oncology Institute services, based on a multidisciplinary approach to all patients, crystallizing with the creation of functional units.


The stereotactic radiosurgery service is acquired and set in motion to treat brain tumours and cerebral arteriovenous malformations. A new gamma camera is also acquired with complete equipment, including the installation for nuclear cardiology.


Redimensioning of the Hospitalisation Area, installation of a second linear accelerator, launch of the Oncology Prevention Plan, and of the breast screening programme, the latter of which is sponsored by the Basque Government Ministry of Health.


A new agreement is formalised with the Ministry of Health, the Surgical Block is completely renovated, the latest technology is introduced for diagnosing breast cancer (ABBI System), and brachytherapy is applied for the first time in prostate cancer.


The Tumour Bank is introduced, and institutional relations are established with the Carlos III National Cancer Research Centre. At the same time, agreements are formalised thanks to which the centre becomes a member of the Tumour Bank Network.


A new technique is incorporated for prostate cancer: high-dose-rate application (HDR). The new Clinac 2100 CD accelerator is acquired, a new Eclipse planning system, a digital vascular room, and a nuclear magnetic resonance.


Psychiatric care and prostate cryotherapy are incorporated. The project for its execution is implemented at the new centre, on which building starts in 2006. Also launched is the digital imaging system (RIS-PACS) replacing X-rays.


The electronical clinical case history system is launched, and all patient information on paper is digitized. The Oncology Institute therefore becomes the first hospital in the Basque Autonomous Community to function without paper or X-rays.


Launch of the digital mammography, which offers improved image quality with low-dose-rate radiation.


On 16th January 2009, the new building located in the Miramón Hospital Area is opened, with an investment of more than 60 million euros.


Kutxa, the owner of Onkologikoa, and connected to the Institution since its creation, turns the hospital into a foundation, the Onkologikoa Foundation which, dependent upon the Kutxa Foundation, has its own legal personality and incorporates all rights and obligations for its management.


A modern, smart and ergonomic building occupying 24,000 square metres.

A building where working is more comfortable thanks to a technologically optimised organisation. It has 500 networked teams as well as an electronic clinical case history system and digital imaging. Operating surgeries equipped with controls from the operating table to the auditorium.

The pharmacy has a smart system for storage and chemotherapy, and issues drugs on the basis of secure administration. It also has innovative robotic preparation for chemotherapy.

  • Rooms 52
  • Beds 75
  • Operating theatres 4
  • Specialised care beds - PACU 4
  • Outpatient beds 16
  • Consulting rooms 24
  • Radiosurgery operating theatre 1
  • Endoscopy rooms 2
  • Linear accelerators: tomotherapy, IMRT, conventional 3
  • PET 1
  • Gamma camera - CT 1
  • CAT 1
  • 3D Mammographs with tomosynthesis 4
  • IMMI Room 1
  • Ultrasound units 6

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