The importance of the Foundation
“Cancer has a multimodal and multifactorial dimension and the development of an effective therapeutic programme necessitates the involvement of a number of operators working in synchrony on a single case considering not just the illness, but the patient who is the subject of their work.
In this perspective it is essential to structure ‘skills combinations’ to make for the effective running of ‘dynamic multidisciplinary bodies’ that is, of a ‘team’ of people who treat, or better, take responsibility for the sick patient. The team doesn’t just include oncologists but also other figures who may take on an important role in the management of the patient’s illness such as the psychologist, nursing staff, GP, etc… It is only via supportive and responsible cooperation between all team members that it will be possible to achieve the solution to the cancer patient’s therapeutic, rehabilitative and care problems.
The solution to the cancer patient’s therapeutic, care and rehabilitative problems can therefore only happen via helpful and responsible cooperation between all team members but also via the effective use of resources and an inevitable organisation of operational skills (oncological, specialist, nursing and social etc…). The Foundation is a precious and indispensable ally in this demanding project. ”
Past Director Medical Oncology Department of the ‘Spedali Civili’ (Civic Hospitals) di Brescia