Institut Paoli Calmettes – Marseille Cancer center


Level A certified by the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) in 2015 and accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) in June 2019, the Institute Paoli-Calmettes (IPC) is a member of the Unicancer network.

The IPC has assembled 1,700 research, medical, and non-medical personnel with the goal of comprehensive care for every aspect of cancer treatment, including research, education, training, and medical and supportive care. Treatment by the IPC is carried out exclusively on the basis of social security; extra or “surprise” billing is not practiced by the institution.

Certifications / Labels


  • Unicancer

Partner structures

CHU de Marseille, Nice, La réunion – CLCC Nice -Institut Sainte Catherine Avignon- HIA Ste Anne Toulon- Centre Paradis-Monticelli Marseille- Centres hospitaliers Aix, Ajaccio, Arles, Avignon, Gap –Briançon, Hyères, Toulon Ste Musse- Hôpital Monaco

Management of foreign patients


The Institute Paoli-Calmettes treats every type of adult cancer, including rare cancers. Depending on your pathology report and the care you may have already received, our teams are prepared to provide you with a personalized treatment plan.

Regardless of your condition, your treatment plan is personalized to meet your individual needs. With the numerous treatments and therapeutic approaches available to you at our Institute, you can optimize your care at every stage by selecting the option most suited to your case. Whether it be surgery, chemotherapy, interventional radiology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine: in each specialty, you will have access to the latest innovations. And systematically, whenever possible, teams prioritize minimally invasive approaches.

Any request for treatment is subject to an estimate/quote including the details of the treatment as prepared by the doctor. This document is sent via email to the patient, association, or family member, as well as the doctor. The treatments will be scheduled upon receipt of payment. A proof of payment is then issued to the patient justifying, if necessary, their visa application to the embassy.

Average time between filing a file and responding

Two to three days

List of services

  • Cafeteria
  • TV channels or newspapers in foreign language
  • Single bedroom
  • Interpreter
  • Beautician
  • Relaxation garden
  • Wifi
  • Companion bed
  • Adapted meal
  • Family welcome lounge
  • Place of meditation
  • Safe
  • Remote surveillance
  • A/C

Support for people with disabilities

82 rooms adapted for people with disabilities with 100 beds for disoriented/confused patients. Headphones, wheelchairs, walkers, patient lifts, and individualized support are all available. A Hospitalized Patient Charter is also available in braille.

Annual activity volume

42 764 stays (outpatient hospitalization)

15 284 stays (conventional hospitalization)

105 917 consultations

31 775 chemotherapy sessions per year

43 691 radiotherapy sessions per year

Diagnostic medical imaging

  • MRI
  • Angio MRI
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Classic mammogram
  • Conventional radiology table
  • Interventional scanner
  • Interventional radiology table
  • Mammograph by tomosynthesis
  • Doppler echo
  • General ultrasound machine
  • Diagnostic scanner
  • Breast Biopsy System

Interventional radiology procedures

  • Percutaneous tumor destruction
  • Supportive care and pain treatment
  • Endovascular treatments
  • Biopsies under imaging control
  • Bone consolidation and screwing
  • Drainages and endocanal procedures
  • Installation of venous access

Nuclear medicine

  • Gamma Camera
  • Metabolic radiotherapy
  • Iratherapy
  • PET Camera


  • 3D conformal radiotherapy
  • 4D scanner
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy
  • Stereotaxic radiation therapy
  • High Speed brachytherapy
  • Permanent implant brachytherapy
  • Radiotherapy with respiratory synchronization


  • 3D laparoscopy
  • Surgical robot

The IPC treats every type of adult cancer, including rare cancers, and offers patients a personalized pathway adapted to their health status and according to both their pathology and individual preferences. Each patient has access to cutting edge treatments at the forefront of current medicine, research, and technology, with supportive care for both the patient and relatives to improve quality of life.

Description of support or specific features

Access to innovation: CAR-T cells, MRIdian

Minimally invasive interventional department (outpatient surgery or enhanced recovery after surgery (RAAC,) interventional endoscopy, interventional radiology)

Development of Hors les Murs (at-home) treatments (RAAC, oral therapy, pre-approved chemotherapy): coordination of follow-up, therapeutic education, and the IPC-connect application

Department of palliative care and supportive care with possible enrollment in the IPC HAD (home hospitalization).

Specifics: oncogeriatrics, young adults

Multidisciplinary consultation meeting

IPC internal RCP : Breast / Gynecology / Digestive / Hepatobiliopancreatic / Oncothorax / Urology / Lymphopathies (Lymphomas -Myeloma- LLC) / Leukemia / Thyroid IRAtherapy and RCP for rare cancer remedies: National Reference Network for Neuroendocrine Tumors (RENATEN) i.e., TNE or NETs / Sarcomas / gynecological rare tumors (TMRG) / rare kidney cancers (CARARE).

Biopathology and oncopharmacology

Pathobiology involves the use of clinical examinations required for cancer diagnosis and prognosis, as well as therapeutic guidance and monitoring. It also incorporates areas of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and constitutional and somatic genetics.

Is surgery performed?


What kind of surgery?

  • Outpatient
  • In hospitalization
  • Minimally invasive
  • Robotic

Active patient queue per year

45 641

Number of beds

84 beds for surgery

including 56 private rooms

195 beds for medicine

including 79 private rooms

4 938 stays with surgery per year

5 437 surgeries per year

254 medical specialists

Clinical research activities in the field


Cross-cutting activities

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

Supportive cares

  • Chronic pain structure - Medical consultations
  • Chronic pain structure - Medical hypnosis
  • 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 - Hypnosis
  • Comfort and well-being - Sophrology
  • Functional rehabilitation - Adapted physical activity
  • Functional rehabilitation - Physiotherapy
  • Mobile palliative care team - Medical consultations
  • Nutrition - Dietician consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Family consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Individual consultation
  • Psycho-oncology - Support group for children (whose parents have cancer)
  • Psycho-oncology - Young adult support group
  • Social service
  • Socio-aesthetic
  • Supportive care day and week hospitalization

Pathologies treated

Digestive Cancers
  • Anal cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Cancer of the peritoneum
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Retroperitoneum sarcoma
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer
Haematological cancers
  • Acute leukaemias
  • Chronic leukemia
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Myeloma
Cancers of the male reproductive system
  • Cancer of the penis
  • Testicular cancer
Urological cancers
  • Bladder and urinary tract cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Prostate cancer
Thoracic tumors
  • Cancer of the pleura
  • Heart tumor
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal tumor
  • Pulmonary metastasis
  • Thoracic sarcoma
  • Thynoma
Cancers of the ENT sphere
  • 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
  • Cancer of the uterine body
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
Skin tumors
  • Cutaneous sarcoma
  • Melanoma

Treatments performed

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

Contact information



Marguerite 13009 MARSEILLE

From the airport - by taxi or shuttle to the bus station: Marseille Saint-Charles,

Then Metro 2 towards Sainte Marguerite-Dromel.

Exit the metro at the final stop and take either bus n° 24, 24B,  or 24T.

Exit the bus at the stop: Salvator / Paoli-Calmettes.

From the Gare Saint-Charles – by taxi or the Metro line 2 towards Sainte Marguerite-Dromel.

Exit the metro at the final stop and take either bus n° 24, 24B,  or 24T.

Exit the bus at the stop: Salvator / Paoli-Calmettes.

By car – From the auto route A7 North (Nord A7), take the Vieux-Port exit, then the Tunnel Prado-Carénage, until Sainte Marguerite / Hôpitaux Sud.

From the coastal auto route (A55), take the tunnel Prado-Carénage  until  Sainte Marguerite / Hôpitaux Sud.

From A50 East (Est A50), head towards Sainte Marguerite / Hôpitaux Sud.



Phone number


The nearest big city is Marseille
The nearest airport is Aéroport de Marseille (Marseille-Marignane)
The nearest train station is Marseille-Saint-Charles