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Naples, home-based care for patients with breast cancer: this is the first time in Italy

Home therapy of cancer. A minirivoluzione in the assistance that starts from Naples and that may make the way throughout Italy. If things work as planned, it wi

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Naples, home-based care for patients with breast cancer: this is the first time in Italy
Home therapy of cancer. A minirivoluzione in the assistance that starts from Naples and that may make the way throughout Italy. If things work as planned, it will be a success for the Pascale and Roche, who have developed a protocol according to which the biological agents subsequent to chemotherapy may be administered by infusion, i.e. infusion, directly to your home. To benefit from this possibility, it should be reiterated, it will only be the patients suffering from breast cancer type Her2, a cancer that, in fact, respond to biologics. The first two (the selected amount to one hundred) have already been recruited: the 55-year-old Rita Maria Marano and Marisa, who's 59 and lives in San Giuseppe Vesuviano. To them it was proposed that this possibility of assistance. They have agreed and, at the end of February, will receive a home visit of health staff: doctors and nurses will remain for the entire time of the infusion (with the biological medicine Transtuzumab), ready, precisely, to intervene in case there were any reactions, or adverse manifestations. The protocol was presented yesterday evening during a meeting at Excelsior, attended by the director general of the polo oncologico of naples, Attilio Bianchi and the ceo of Roche Italy Maurizio de Cicco, together with the director of Oncology for women with breast cancer Michelino de Laurentiis, the new director of health, Leonardo Miscio and the scientific director Gerardo Botti, co-ordinated by the head of communications Cinzia Brancato. Rita Maria and Marisa, as you said, I am under treatment from time to Pascale where they have already completed all cycles of chemotherapy (treatment which by law can be practised, in outpatient settings, only in the hospital because of side effects). The innovative project, which will help to make it less heavy the entire protocol cancer patients Her 2 positive, it is called HERHOME, a synonym that includes the initials of the neoplasm and the word home, which in English means house. To set up the organization, both from the bureaucratic point of view and from a strictly welfare, leaders, Roche and the vertices of Pascale have had to face various obstacles. But the objective was also reached thanks to the desire to honor the memory of Stefania Pisani, the patient a victim of breast cancer, with the Association of the "We" you are spending for foster care programs made tailored for women. Says de Laurentiis, who with the Pisans had had a professional relationship and friendship: "it Was one of his dreams, and are happy to have it conducted in the port. Thanks to the synergies between Pascale and Roche now you can put in the center of the healthcare organisation and the patient and his or her needs. But I'm also glad for all the other women who will benefit from a developed service is not provided, at the time, no other Italian institution". De Laurentiis adds the White managers. Comments: I Am proud that the Entrepreneur is among the first in Italy to be able to give our patients this opportunity. The program HERHOME, among other things, will also help to facilitate the decongestion of the Day Hospital of the Institute, always to the advantage of the patients themselves". Speaks of the public-private collaboration, the scientific director of the Barrels: "it Is the proof that it is possible and necessary, to carry out projects which would otherwise be destined to remain a dream".

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