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)
Country

Italy

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

History

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.

Profile

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

Specialities

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.