FICAN MID, Sisä-Suomen syöpäkeskus in Finnish, is one of the five regional cancer centers in Finland. It is part of the national cancer center network. FICAN Mid coordinates and develops cancer care and cancer research in its’ area. It is formed by four contracting partners: The Wellbeing Services Counties of Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme, South Ostrobothnia and Tampere University. The central part of FICAN Mid is Tays Cancer Centre that received a European quality certificate (OECI Cancer Centre) in 2019. FICAN Mid is an administrational part of The Wellbeing Services County of Pirkanmaa.


FICAN Mid started to operate on 1.9.2018. The actions of FICAN Mid is directed by the steering group.

Steering group

Medical director Eija Tomás (since 1.1.2023) (The Wellbeing Services County of Pirkanmaa)
Director of research Tarja Laitinen (The Wellbeing Services County of Pirkanmaa)
Vice Rector Tapio Visakorpi (Tampere University)
Prof. Anssi Auvinen (Tampere University)
Senior physician Petri Nokisalmi (The Wellbeing Services County of Kanta-Häme)
Senior physician Timo Ala-Luhtala (The Wellbeing Services County of South Ostrobothnia)

Personnel and contacts


Annika Auranen
050 470 4454

Merja Helenius
special adviser
044 472 8833

Marjut Nieminen
clinical nurse specialist
044 4728681

Sari-Marja Hytönen
quality manager

Annual reports of Tays Cancer Centre:

Annual report 2019-2020 (In English)Annual report 2019-2020 (In Finnish)

Annual report 2018 (In English)Annual report 2018 (In Finnish)

Annual report 2017 (In English)Annual report 2017 (In Finnish)

Information about cancer care and clinical cancer research are available in the web pages of Tampere University Hospital

Clinical trials at Tampere University Hospital: