Our Organization

Its basic and translational research activities are carried out in buildings covering more than 15 000 m² at the heart of the Center.

The CLB offers a comprehensive range of services in patient care:

321 beds and outpatient places in surgery and medicine; 202 home-based care places; 29 209 day hospital stays in 2017; and more than 34 400 patients cared for in 2017.

The Centre Léon Bérard is organized in departments, technical platforms and hospitalization units for diagnosis, treatment and overall cancer care on a single site.

The different departments of the Centre Léon Bérard are as follows:

Anesthesiology: this department deals with anesthesia, but also with post-operative care, nutrition, the placement of implantable devices, catheters, and pain.

Pathobiology: essential role in tumor diagnosis, screening, and assistance in research.

Medical oncology: cancer care and research activities. It offers cancer treatments (chemotherapy, hormone therapy, cell therapy, and targeted treatments).

Surgery: focuses on primary cancer treatment, reconstructive surgery, and metastasis surgery.

Coordination of external care and interfaces (DCSEI): organizes the care of patients treated at home (soins à domicile, SAD) and manages the CLB’s 202 home hospitalization places (hospitalisation à domicile, HAD).

Center of nuclear medicine LUMEN: principally engaged in diagnostic activity, in particular bone scans. This department also carries out radionuclide metabolic therapies (notably for thyroid cancers).

Pharmacy: ensures the management of the central pharmacy.

Imaging - Radiology and MRI/Scanner: carries out the bulk of medical imaging work (ultrasound, mammography, scanner, and MRI), interventional radiology, as well as taking samples by guided microbiopsy or fine-needle aspiration biopsy.

Radiotherapy: receives nearly 3 500 patients a year for outpatient or inpatient treatments, and 600 patients for brachytherapy. It has one of the most state-or-the-art technical platforms in the region, with 8 accelerators.

Public health: plays a key role in all the center’s evaluation processes, clinical research, and therapeutic education.     

Nursing care: comprising all the care staff, the department is responsible in particular for overall care and coordinating patient care.

Supportive care of oncology patients (DISSPO): brings together the medical psychology unit, psycho-oncology, pain management, sophrology, physiotherapists, dieticians, and the patients’ social service.    

Analysis laboratory: conducts biochemical, hematological, bacteriological and virological tests for cancer diagnosis and monitoring treatments. This laboratory is situated on the various sites of the Hospices Civils de Lyon.

Pediatrics: care is provided at the Institute of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (IHOPe), a cooperative health group established by the Hospices Civils de Lyon and the Centre Léon Bérard to provide optimal care to children and adolescents with cancer. Consultations are carried out at the Woman Mother Child Hospital (HFME) of the Hospices Civils de Lyon and hospitalization takes place in a dedicated facility on the CLB site.

Scientific Board

The Scientific Board of the Centre Léon Bérard is the body that reflects on issues and makes proposals in the area of political science. It studies the prospects for development in the field of research and evaluates projects.

Composed of ex-officio members, appointed external members, and members belonging to the Centre Léon Bérard, it makes its proposals to the Center’s Executive Board in the form of guidelines and recommendations.

Every year, the Scientific Board is consulted regarding the research topics developed by the Centre Léon Bérard. It also expresses its views on the rules for managing the funds allocated to research and makes recommendations on the CLB’s financial policy choices.


  • Prof Blay Executive Director

    Prof Jean-Yves Blay, Executive Director of The Centre Léon Bérard

    Prof Jean-Yves Blay, Executive Director of The Centre Léon Bérard, explains his career and our medical plan based on humanity, innovation and excellence.

  • Our last Activity Report

    You will find more information about our activity and events in our 2020 annual report

    Activity Report 2020
  • Key elements of the CLB in 2020

    Find our key elements in this short document

    Key elements