The Centre Léon Bérard: research and care until recovery

The Centre Léon Bérard, Comprehensive cancer Centre of Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes Region, is a hospital specialized in cancer.

The CLB is a member of UNICANCER (an umbrella group which pools all French cancer centres) and the French Federation of Cancer Centres. This group brings together 20 French hospitals dedicated specifically to cancer patients.

The cancer centres were established by decree on October 1, 1945, followed by a second decree on May 2, 2005. These facilities have a legal entity status under private law and are recognized as Non-profit private health care facilities of public interest (ESPIC).

As a Non-profit private health care facility of public interest, the Centre Léon Bérard contributes to the public hospital service. As such, it is governed by the French Public Health Code and financed by the Social Security (it enjoys activity-based financing as a hospital according to the French T2A system).

It can therefore offer a comprehensive care package at the public rate, sector 1 rates apply and no additional billing is practiced.

The Centre Léon Bérard is authorized to receive donations from individuals and firms within the context of its research activities. 


The Centre Léon Bérard has three overarching aims: care, research and teaching.

The centre’s mission is to offer the best quality care to cancer patients. This management from the diagnosis to the most innovating treatments takes also into account nutrition, psychologic and rehabilitation aspects adapted to each patient.

Regulatory authorities of the Centre Léon Bérard

On care activity:

The French Health Ministry defines the general policy of care organization in France;
The Directorate of Health Care Supply (DGOS) implements the government policy and laws.
The Regional Health Agency (ARS) gives authorizations on activities and equipment (in imaging only), of works and defines objectives and means agreements
The National Cancer Institute (INCa) is also a partner of the CLB. As a counsel and promotion Agency, the INCa acts as an expert. It defines criteria for activities authorizations and the oncology organization in France, certifies expert centres (calls for tenders, activity). It also informs healthcare professionals as well as patients and their families through the website: Cancer Info

On research and education activity:

Ministry of higher Education and Research
Scientific and Technologic Public Establishments (EPST): the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Health and Medical Research Body (Inserm)
the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1
the Agency for Research and Higher Education assessment is in charge of assessing the centre research teams just like all French research teams.

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