Founded in 1980, "Santa Maria Goretti" Oncology Department is a network consisting of hospital based and ambulatory institutions for the comprehensive care of cancer and patients with palliative treatment, offering in-patient and ambulatory care for the rural district of Latina with a population of about 126.102, and neighbouring several regions in the centre of Italy (distance from Rome 74 Km, Florence 354 Km and Naples 192 Km).
The "Santa Maria Goretti Hospital" is located in the centre of the town of Latina and offers 535 beds.
The hospital offers comprehensive care in all medical specialities useful for diagnosis and treatment of tumours.
Main Departments are: Medical Oncology, Hematology, Radiotherapy and Oncological Surgery such as Abdominal Surgery, Gynaecology, Urology, Orthopaedics and Otolaryngology; Department of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics, Intensive Care Unit and other service as Clinical and Microbiology Laboratories, Pathologist, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Moreover Emergency Room is open 24 hours/7 days.
The "Santa Maria Goretti Hospital" is also a teaching hospital, providing university courses on behalf of the "--------" University of Rome.
In particular, the "Santa Maria Goretti Hospital" Oncology Department, during the last years has provided simultaneous cares to patients and participated in courses, conferences and meetings on pain management and palliative care; finally the Oncology Department took part to several clinical trials on palliative care.
Medical Oncology, Geriatric Oncology, Palliative and Supportive care, Pain Therapy, Nutritional Support in Cancer patients
Palliative and supportive care
Oncologist and palliativists working closely together and discussing the situations of individual patients guarantee cooperation between Palliative Care Unit and the Oncology Department. Usually, the interaction occurs weekly, planning meetings between the palliative care unit staff and the oncology department staff. Both oncologists and palliativists are available to consult patients recovered in Palliative Care or Oncology Department, respectively.
Finally in Palliative Care Unit, collaboration of care across disciplines is supported through weekly formal interdisciplinary palliative care meetings, where physicians and nurse practioners of various disciplines (palliative care, medical oncology, surgical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, psychiatry) meet with nursing, case management, social work, and chaplaincy to discuss patients active on the service.
Integration between symptoms cure and tumour cure is provided in every phase of the patient's illness through a patient-oriented working strategy, a multidisciplinary approach, a complete and through symptoms' evaluation. If patient conditions are judge to be critical and symptoms cannot be correctly supervised we program admission to the hospital. Moreover, when a patient undergoing chemotherapy shows uncontrollable symptoms, home care assistance is simultaneously started.