The Hospital “Azienda Ospedaliera della Provincia di Lodi” subdivides its range of health services to a potential customer base of approximately 250,000 inhabitants. It is currently divided into four hospitals, each of which also includes related territorial out-patients ward.
Our Oncology Department consists of three clinical units:
Medical Oncology with 18 beds at the hospital of Lodi and 10 beds at the hospital of Casalpusterlengo for inpatients, and outpatient clinics open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00 in both hospitals;
Radiation Oncology with two LINAC at the hospital of Casalpusterlengo (outpatient service only; admittance for inpatients in the Medical Oncology if needed)
Palliative Care Unit, with 12 beds Hospice at the hospital of Casalpusterlengo for residential assistance and an outpatient staff running the outpatient ward for pain service and delivering home palliative care.
Palliative and supportive care
The department enhances continuity of care for advanced cancer patients no longer benefiting from anticancer treatment. A specific path of simultaneous care has been organised in cooperation between medical oncology and palliative care units, in order to make a gentle transition of the patient from active to palliative care. The path is monitored by a case manager nurse who manages at the appropriate time the passage to home palliative care or to Hospice.
The Palliative Care Unit is an organised, highly-structured system. Patient and family-centred, it delivers care that focuses on the effective management of pain and other inadequately controlled symptoms, while incorporating psychosocial and spiritual care. The unit comprises a palliative home care service, made of two physicians and four nurses who manage an average of 250 patients per year, and a Hospice with a doctor, eight nurses and house staff for 12 beds for around 200 patients per year.
Every patient with advanced stage cancer is also screened for any psychosocial need, eventually tackled by three psychologists and a dedicated social worker.
Alongside health employees there are three NGO’s supporting both home care service, in terms of providing aids and devices, and Hospice, performing art and music therapy for patients and families.