Akseli Hemminki

Appendix cancer Bile duct cancer Bone sarcoma Breast cancer Colonic and rectal cancer Gastrointestinal tract cancer and pancreatic cancer Kidney cancer Liver cancer Lung cancer Mediastinal tumors Melanoma Mesothelioma Oesophageal and cardial cancer Pancreatic cancer Prostate cancer Skin cancer Soft tissue sarcomas Stomach cancer Urinary bladder cancer

Specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiotherapy
M.D., Ph.D., Assoc.Prof.

Language proficiency: 

Finnish, English

Areas of special expertise: 

Immunological treatment of all solid cancer types, especially melanoma, ovarian cancer, bladder and urinary tract cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and gastrointestinal cancers.


Receiving adult patients with cancer diagnosis or suspicion of cancer. International clinical research trials.

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Work experience 

  • University of Helsinki, Associate Professor in Oncology 2015-
  • Docrates Cancer Center, Specialist in Oncology 2007-
  • University of Helsinki, Head of Research 2002-
  • HUCH Department of Oncology, Resident/Senior physician, 2003-2007, 2015-2017
  • Suomen Syöpäinstituutin Säätiö, Research Professor 2007-2013

Scientific activities 

My research team studies immunotherapy of cancer, especially oncolytic immunotherapy. The laboratory studies are aimed at clinical trials for cancer patients. More than 320 cancer patients have been treated with the oncolytical viruses developed by our research team. The viruses have been studied in four clinical trials and one experimental treatment program.


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