Istituto Neurotraumatologico Italiano (I.N.I.), Divisione Grottaferrata

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr. Gaetano Lanzetta
Address Via Sant’Anna s.n.c.
00046 Grottaferrata (Roma)


Contact Tel: +39.06.9428.51 / 5464 -
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Istituto Neurotraumatologico Italiano (I.N.I.) Divisione Grottaferrata, Unità di Oncologia Medica, Roma, Italy


The INI Institute (Istituto Neurotraumatologico Italiano), is located in a southern area near Rome, his historic building has been home of the Pontifical Scots College of St.Andrew the Apostle till 1971; INI is a multidisciplinary institute accredited with the National Health System.


The Medical Oncology Unit includes:

  • Oncology ward with 25 beds (4 beds exclusively for palliative care patients);
  • Day-hospital (6 days per week), mainly 20-30 cancer treatments and supportive care daily;
  • Ambulatory
  • CIO (Centre of Interdisciplinary Osteo-ncology) for interdisciplinary approach to patients with bone metastases (oncologist, radiotherapist, physiatrist, orthopaedic surgeon, nuclear physician and palliative care clinician).

The professional staff of the Oncology Unit comprises:

  • Medical Director and staff oncologists, trained in cancer patient care, in clinical research and in palliative macro; postgraduate oncology speciality students
  • Qualified nurses, all trained in oncology nursing and fundamentals of palliative care
  • 1 Psychologist properly trained in psycho-oncology
  • The chaplain is available both to patients and their families for any religious-related assistance and for any spiritual assistance they may require


In the INI Centre there is also a Cancer Rehabilitation Department available to the Oncology Unit, a Radiotherapy Department with a nuclear medicine unit, a Pain management Service and a Psycho-oncology Service.
Therapeutic decisions are taken in regular interdisciplinary meetings.

Palliative and supportive care

The Centre provides: supportive care for symptom control during the causal treatment application; palliative care for inpatients with advanced cancer through multidimensional needs assessment and treatment; guidance about care options and assistance in the development of a palliative care plan; referral to palliative care services for patients having more complex needs.

There is a close relationship and collaboration with local hospices and palliative home care services. This is bidirectional for any further diagnostic evaluations and/or specific treatment (palliative chemotherapy, bisphosphonates, palliative radiotherapy, etc.) with a real simultaneous care approach.