Situated at the heart of Europe, the Jules Bordet Institute is one of Europe’s first cancer treatment centres. Belgium’s only independent hospital dedicated entirely to cancer, Institute Jules Bordet’s multidisciplinary strategy encompasses its three key missions: patient care, research along with teaching. Institute Jules Bordet brings together all the medical and paramedical disciplines at a single site, enabling it to provide the full range of cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services. The Institute is essentially a pioneer and innovator, ensuring that it always uses cutting-edge technology and the very latest therapeutic approaches, as well as those in development. The Belgian mining company, Union Meniere du Haut Katanga (formerly operating in Upper Katanga in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo), leases 8 grammes of radium bromide to the University Foundation for use by Belgium’s four leading universities. With a capacity of 154 hospital beds and 13 outpatient beds, the Institute Jules Bordet handles 6,000 hospital stays and 12,000 outpatient visits annually which provides more than 70,000 consultations per year, including around 14,000 screenings. The Institute employs a staff of 900, including 150 doctors and 100 researchers. Its major translational, clinical and basic research activities result in an average of 200 top-level scientific articles per year. Institute Jules Bordet works with a number of European and American institutions, including the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI), the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). Since its creation in 1939, the Institute Jules Bordet has never relinquished its pioneering role in the fight against this complex and difficult disease. With cancer, the fate of patients and medical staff not only overlap – they are intermeshed. Testimony to this is the support that Bordet Institute receives from its patients and their families to continue our task: ’"Together, let’s help life win".