Centre François Baclesse


The François Baclesse Centre is a cancer research and treatment centre located in Caen, Normandy, close to the D-Day Landing beaches and the Mont-Saint-Michel.  It is a private, non-profit healthcare establishment, which treats all patients with suspected or confirmed cancer. It does not apply private sector fees, nor does it charge in excess of conventional fees. As a member of the Unicancer network, our values are: humanism, excellence, innovation and solidarity.

Certifications / Labels


  • Unicancer

Partner structures

  • Caen Normandy University Hospital
  • Cyclhad
  • Lower Normandy Institute of Haematology
  • University of Caen Normandy
  • Inserm

Management of foreign patients

A specific channel for welcoming foreign patients is being set up. Contact Hermeline Delepouve, Director of communication, international affairs and fundraising:

List of services

  • Cafeteria
  • TV channels or newspapers in foreign language
  • Single bedroom
  • Relaxation garden
  • Place of meditation
  • Family welcome lounge
  • Interpreter
  • Support in finding accommodation for family members
  • Wifi
  • Adapted meal
  • Companion bed

Support for people with disabilities

This type of care is organised.

Annual activity volume

20 129 stays (outpatient hospitalization)

39 754 stays (conventional hospitalization)

69 000 consultations

18 535 chemotherapy sessions per year

55 678 radiotherapy sessions per year

Diagnostic medical imaging

  • Breast Biopsy System
  • Interventional radiology table
  • Conventional radiology table
  • Interventional scanner
  • Diagnostic scanner
  • Dental panoramic
  • Cardiac MRI
  • MRI
  • Breast ultrasound
  • General ultrasound machine
  • Doppler echo
  • Classic mammogram

Interventional radiology procedures

  • Biopsies under imaging control
  • Bone consolidation and screwing
  • Percutaneous tumor destruction
  • Installation of venous access

Nuclear medicine

  • PET Camera
  • Gamma Camera
  • Iratherapy
  • Metabolic radiotherapy


  • Pulsed flow brachytherapy
  • High Speed brachytherapy
  • Permanent implant brachytherapy
  • High energy proton therapy
  • Ocular proton therapy
  • Radiotherapy with respiratory synchronization
  • 3D conformal radiotherapy
  • Contact radiotherapy
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy
  • Stereotaxic radiation therapy
  • 4D scanner
  • Tomotherapy
  • Radio surgery


  • 3D laparoscopy
  • Surgical robot

Various treatment modalities can be performed at the Centre, alone or in combination: medical treatment, surgery and radiotherapy.

Since 2018, the François Baclesse Centre is the third French centre to be authorised to perform adult and child proton therapy, via national and international recruitment.

We have one of the most comprehensive support services in France, designed to personalise and improve the quality of life of patients during and after treatment.

Description of support or specific features

In addition to its care mission, the centre is also has an important research mission (clinical, fundamental and transfer research), as well as university training in oncology for students in health-related courses and continuing education for health professionals.

The Centre is certified level A (the highest) by the Haute Autorité de Santé, accredited at European level by the OECI, and by EUSOMA for the treatment of breast cancer.

Multidisciplinary consultation meeting

  • Breast
  • Thorax
  • Digestive
  • Gynaecology
  • UADT
  • Urology
  • Thyroid
  • Sarcoma
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Haematology
  • CUP
  • Supportive care

Biopathology and oncopharmacology

The Pathology, Oncogenetics and Cancer Biology and Genetics departments, grouped together in the Biopathology Department, are developing a common strategy focused on personalised medicine. This department is COFRAC certified.

Personalised treatments are manufactured on site, within the hospital pharmacy's oncological preparation unit.

Is surgery performed?


What kind of surgery?

  • Outpatient
  • In hospitalization
  • Minimally invasive
  • Robotic

Number of beds

55 beds for surgery

183 beds for medicine

4 630 surgeries per year

141 medical specialists

Clinical research activities in the field


Cross-cutting activities

  • Paramedical consultations
  • Addictology / Tobacco
  • Therapeutic education
  • Patient information: Meeting and Information Space (ERI®)
  • Oncogeriatrics
  • Oncosexuality
  • Care course
  • Wounds and healing

Supportive cares

  • Chronic pain structure - Medical consultations
  • Chronic pain structure - Mobile team
  • Chronic pain structure - Nursing consultation
  • Chronic pain structure - Psychological consultation (mobile palliative care team)
  • Chronic pain structure - Psychologist consultation
  • Comfort and well-being - Foot reflexology
  • Comfort and well-being - Image consulting
  • Comfort and well-being - Sophrology
  • Complementary medicine - Auriculotherapy
  • Complementary medicine - Mesotherapy
  • Dermography
  • Functional rehabilitation - Adapted physical activity
  • Functional rehabilitation - Physiotherapy
  • Functional rehabilitation - Speech therapy
  • Functional rehabilitation - Stomatherapy
  • Mobile palliative care team - IDE consultation
  • Mobile palliative care team - Medical consultations
  • Nutrition - Dietician consultation
  • Nutrition - Nutritionist doctor consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Family consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Individual consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Support group for children (whose parents have cancer)
  • Social service
  • Socio-aesthetic
  • Supportive care day and week hospitalization

Pathologies treated

Digestive Cancers
  • Anal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cancer of the peritoneum
  • Rectal cancer
  • Retroperitoneum sarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
Haematological cancers
  • Acute leukaemias
  • Chronic leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
Cancers of the male reproductive system
  • Cancer of the penis
  • Testicular cancer
Urological cancers
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder and urinary tract cancer
  • Kidney cancer
Central nervous system tumors
  • Pituitary gland adenoma
  • Glioma and glioblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Central nervous system metastasis
  • Neuroma
  • Paraganglioma
  • Brain germ cell tumor
  • Medullary tumors of the central nervous system
  • Pediatric brain tumor
Thoracic tumors
  • Cancer of the pleura
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary metastasis
  • Thoracic sarcoma
  • Mediastinal tumor
Cancers of the ENT sphere
  • Skin cancer of the face and neck
  • Cavum / nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Cancers of the nasal and sinus cavities
  • Cancers of the Upper Digestive Airway (VADS): oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx and larynx
Thyroid and parathyroid cancer
Breast cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast sarcoma
Gynecological cancers
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cancer of the uterine body
  • Uterine sarcoma
Skin tumors
  • Carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Cutaneous sarcoma
Eye cancers
Osteoarticular tumors
Pediatric cancers
Cancers in adolescents and young adults
Rare tumors

Treatments performed

  • Conventional intravenous chemotherapy
  • Intra-Peritoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy
  • Intensive chemotherapy with allograft
  • Intensive chemotherapy with support of hematopoietic stem cells (autograft)
  • Oral chemotherapy
  • Reconstructive surgery of the face and neck
  • Breast reconstruction surgery
  • Surgery for cancers of the male reproductive system
  • Surgery for cancer of the face and neck
  • Surgery for thyroid and parathyroid cancers
  • Surgery for digestive cancers
  • Surgery of sarcomas and soft and connective tissues
  • Breast cancer surgery
  • Surgery for gynecological cancers
  • Skin tumor surgery
  • High dose-rate brachytherapy
  • Pulsed flow brachytherapy
  • Permanent implant brachytherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Iratherapy with iodine
  • High energy proton therapy
  • Ocular proton therapy
  • Radio surgery
  • Radiotherapy with respiratory synchronization
  • 3D conformal radiotherapy
  • Contact radiotherapy
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy
  • Transfusions
  • Tomotherapy
  • Targeted therapies
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy

Contact information


Centre François Baclesse
3 avenue Général Harris
14076 CAEN cedex 5 - France

Phone number


The nearest big city is Le Havre
The nearest airport is Aéroport de Caen (Caen-Carpiquet)
The nearest train station is Paris-Gare-de-Lyon