In 1967, the Barretos Cancer Hospital (BCH) was inaugurated to meet the needs of public cancer treatment outside the city of São Paulo. By the year 2000, the BCH had basically clinical activities. Since then, there has been a great growth of the hospital, both in the number of population served, as research and teaching. Currently, the hospital has several branches in Brazil, some focused on prevention, while others have a complete cancer treatment structure. The BCH has well-established post-graduate programs (master's and doctorate), several medical and multiprofessional residency programs, fellowships, and is now considered one of the main references for cancer treatment in Latin America. In 2018, it was considered the first Latin American Health Research Center according to the Scimago Institutions Rankings.
The cancer care is subdivided into workstations by group of pathologies, with dedicated clinical oncologists, radiotherapists, oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and others members of medical and non-medical staff. The Palliative Care team is integrated in oncology care through a mobile team, outpatient Unit, hospitalization ward and a home-care program.
Areas of specialisation
The Barretos Cancer Hospital offers several medical residency and fellowships opportunities, including clinical oncology, radiation therapy, oncology surgery (and subareas) and palliative care, among others. In addition, health professionals can do MSc/PhD at the Hospital in the following main research areas: clinical and surgical oncology; cancer prevention; molecular biology; and palliative care. Recently, a new professional master's program was started focusing on technological innovation in health care, and may be an interesting field of oncology research.
Palliative and supportive care
The palliative care team has been increasingly integrated with cancer treatment over the last few years. Many efforts have been made towards more effective integration of clinical oncology and palliative care. Briefly, the aforementioned integration is yielded by means of frequent case discussions, resident rotations among the teams, jointly organized Symposiums, and the integration of clinical assistance and research teams, formed by members of both teams.