The Mater Salutis Hospital in Legnago was founded in the year 1962 as "Hospital and Cancer Center". In the Center are active all the medical and surgical specialties including Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. The Centre serves a population of around 250.000 residents.
The Unit of Oncology of the Mater Salutis Hospital (MSH)-Legnago is member of the Department of Medical Oncology of the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) n. 9 of the Veneto Region. The HMO n. 9 is in charge of the maintenance of health of the residents of the province of Verona (around 900.000 residents) and administers three main hospitals (Mater Salutis Hospital in Legnago, Fracastoro in San Bonifacio and Magalini in Villafranca). The personnel of the Unit is formed by six Medical Oncologists and two Hematologists, twelve nurses, three clinical research associates and two secretaries. The facility includes 16 chemotherapy chairs and beds in the outpatients clinic and three beds in the inpatient clinic. Each year at the Unit of Oncology at the MSH are evaluated around 700 new cases of cancer, performed 15.000 specialist examinations and administered 3.500 cycles of chemotherapy.
At the Unit of Oncology are treated common solid tumors and hematological malignancies with the exception of acute leukemia and lymphomas requiring bone marrow transplant. A particular care is dedicated to the integration of anticancer treatments with several forms of supportive and palliative care. Areas of Specialization includes breast cancer (EUSOMA certified since 2017) and clinical-translational research (more than 100 clinical trials conducted and 500 patients included over the years with the support of the trial office).
Palliative and Supportive Care
Overall, in the Unit a great value is given to the time spent to communicate the diagnosis, the prognosis, the periodic review of treatments. Patient's autonomy is always granted, including the decision to stop treatment and the respect of advanced directives. The Unit is embracing the simultaneous care model integrating early palliative care with disease modifying treatments. The Specialists working in the Unit have an adequate formation and are dedicated to take care of all the needs of cancer patients, in the various stages of the disease. Thus, as a general concept, cancer patients can get an adequate response to their medical needs from the Medical Oncologists. The Unit of palliative medicine is formed by two MD with a strong back-ground in Internal Medicine and palliative care and by eight experienced nurses. The responsible of the Unit of Palliative Medicine is Alfredo Sacchetto, MD. The Units of Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine are located in the same hospital and this makes interactions very easy. Furthermore each week are scheduled regular meeting for the discussion of patients in charge to both Units.