San Salvatore, L'Aquila

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr. Giampiero Porzio
Address Via Lorenzo Natali
67100 L’Aquila


Contact Tel: +390862433547 -
Web San Salvatore, L'Aquila
Medical Oncology Unit Staff at the “San Salvatore” Hospital of L’Aquila, in Italy


Medical Oncology Unit at the “San Salvatore” Hospital of L’Aquila, Italy, was established in 1990. It’s structured with an in-hospital ward, an out-patient clinic, a home care service and a laboratory for bio-molecular research.


In-hospital ward has ten beds, out-patients clinic eight beds. Eight oncologists, two psychologists, a neurologist and a physiotherapist are members of the staff.


The centre is traditionally involved in research on new options for treatment of solid tumours, with particular attention to breast and colon-rectal cancer.
In 2002 was established a team, called Supportive Care Task Force, fully dedicated to supportive, palliative and home care.

Palliative and supportive care

Palliative care is administered by the Supportive Care Task Force, formed by four oncologists, two neurologists, two psychologists and a physiotherapist.
SCTF manages an in-hospital palliative care unit (four beds inside the Medical Oncology Unit), an out-patients clinics and a home care service.

A “Pain Clinic” and a “Nutrition Clinic” were established recently in order to provide a tailored evaluation and treatment of pain and anorexia.

SCTF is involved in research in the field of supportive and palliative care, publishing regularly papers in peer-reviewed international journals.