Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo-Forlanini, Rome

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Stefano de Santis, M.D
Address Palliative Care and Cancer Pain Service
San Camillo, High Specialization Hospital
00151 Rome

Fondazione Roma–Hospice SLA Alzheimer
Via Poerio 100, 00152 Rome


Contact Phone: San Camillo +39 0658704739; Fondazione Roma Hospice +39 06588991 -
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Centre history

The Lung Cancer Unit of Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo-Forlanini is part of the Institute "Carlo Forlanini", founded on 1 December 1934, the Sanatorium Hospital of the Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS) and the Tuberculosis Clinic at the University of Rome.

Since 2000, the Lung Cancer Unit comprises a team of clinical staff specialising in oncology, radiotherapy, diagnostic imaging, and thoracic surgery. in 2010, the Lung Cancer Unit with its Palliative Care and Cancer Pain Service signed a collaborative agreement with the Fondazione Roma Hospice to improve the services of palliative care and end of life care in Rome.

Department profile

With a transdisciplinary approach to integrated planning and decision-making, the centre is a leader in national and international lung cancer clinical trials and features:

  • Rapid palliative radiotherapy centre
  • Relationships with Tor Vergata University of Rome and Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
  • Pain Free Hospital Project
  • Over 500 new patients annualy
  • Hospital ward (20 beds) and outpatient unit (four double-rooms with 10 beds)
  • Fondazione Roma Hospices (30 beds)
  • Home care assistance for 120 patients

The Palliative care team consists of oncologist, psycho-oncologists, nurses, physiotherapists, social and spiritual assistants.

Areas of specialisation

The Unit provides state-of-the-art treatment for all forms and stages of lung cancer and mesothelioma. It places a high priority on drug development and new treatment strategies, and is actively involved in national multi-centre trials to evaluate new therapies. The Palliative care and Cancer Pain service is available and ensures implementation of the continuity of care and simultaneous care.

Palliative and supportive care

Symptom control and palliative and supportive care are part of cancer care management relating to the objects of care continuity and simultaneous care. A dedicated Palliative Care and Cancer Pain service takes care of difficult patients, both in- and out-patients, in order to make the passage from hospital therapies to home or hospice care easier.