My fourth day in office after Christmas holiday took me to Katowice and the exciting inauguration of the Specialised Oncology Center in the Medical University of Silesia. I attended the ceremony together with my colleague Daniel Larsson, head of Business Sweden in Poland.
An excellent start of the new year for sure, not least since the centre is closely related to Sweden through the so called Gamma knife from the Swedish Company Elekta. The technology is amazing to say the least – and there is more to read about it through this link on our webpage. http://www.swedenabroad.com/pl-PL/Embassies/Warsaw/Wiadomoci-i-wydarzenia/Wiadomoci/Nowoczesna-szwedzka-technologia-w-Uniwersyteckim-Centrum-Okulistyki-i-Onkologii-w-Katowicach-sys/
But one example given during our visit gives you an idea: The day before, last Thursday, a nine year old girl with a serious and unusual form of brain tumour could be operated successfully in this way. Traditional surgery was not possible to use. But the Gamma knife worked in this, as I understood it, first operation of its kind in Poland.
The margins are very small. I learned that the precision needed is 0,17 mm – just unbelievable. And that makes it crucial to keep the head totally still in the same position, which the Gamma knife is able to do.
Luckily I have had a good start of the new year also in the sense that activities are gradually gaining speed. After a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday with my family here in Poland – including a visit to show Kraków to our eldest daughter – I have had some calmer days to plan and prepare the programme for the months that now lie ahead of us. 2014 will for many reasons be an exciting year both in Poland and in Sweden. All of us Europeans will have elections to the European Parliament late May, and then we will proceed with general elections in Sweden in September. The local elections in Poland will follow, I believe, a bit later in the autumn.
Additionally Poland has much to commemorate this year – not least the 25th Anniversary of the fall of communism as well as the 10th Anniversary of the accession to European Union. I really look forward to these celebrations and to my upcoming fourth year as Swedish Ambassador to Poland that I will enter into late June. Time flies…
Wszystkiego najlepszego w nowym roku 2014 – Happy New Year!