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Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI)

Bellinzona, Switzerland

Person responsible for CTC programme: Antonella Richetti MD

Hospital overview

IOSI is a non-surgical cancer centre covering the needs of the population in the southern, Italian speaking, part of Switzerland. It comprises 5 clinics: medical oncology, radiation-oncology, haematology, palliative care, and research. Overall, 60 physicians compose the 5 teams. The main centre is in the San Giovanni hospital in Bellinzona, where the inpatient department (31 beds), the direction and the research centre is located, but IOSI covers also the oncology needs of 3 other hospitals, in Lugano, Mendrisio and Locarno. Due to its relatively small dimensions, the Institute, although working in a very multidisciplinary mode, it partially functions by a strict division in tumour teams. The institute follows at the moment approximately 8000 patients, with about 2000 new cases per year.

Our international reputation is mainly based on our activity in the fields of malignant lymphoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer  and new drugs development, although other teams focused on haematology solid tumors and radiotherapyalso have an excellent publication rate.

A training period in our Institute is particularly suitable for a colleague interested in experiencing a very collaborative, multidisciplinary and organised functioning, adapted to the reality of medium sized hospitals, not focusingon a single cancer type, but rather for somebody  interested in haematological malignancies, breast cancer, prostate cancer, new drugs development, or radiation oncology

 

CTC programmes offered

1. Hematological malignancies

Discipline: Hematology, Medical Oncology
Programme mentor:

E. Zucca, G. Stüssi, D. Rossi, E. Lerch, A. Stathis

Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors speak English)
Programme description: 1-3 months in the hemato-oncology inpatient department (lymphomas, myelomas, leukemias, autologous transplantation), 2-3 months rotating through the autologous transplantation program, lymphoma clinic, leukemia clinic, myeloma clinic, hematology diagnostic laboratory, lymphoma research team.

2. Solid tumors oncology

Discipline: Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Palliative Care
Programme mentor: R. Condorelli, S. De Dosso, P. Frösch, V. Espeli, P. Servida, L. Wannesson,  A Richetti, C. Gamondi
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors speak English)
Programme description: 1-2 months in the radiotherapy, oncology and palliative care inpatient department (all types of solid tumours), 2-3 months rotating through the GI, lung, breast, gynaecological, H&N and general oncology clinics. In addition, attendees will be able to see the organisation and functioning of our Eusoma Certified Breast Unit.

3. New drug development

Discipline: Medical Oncology
Programme mentor: E. Zucca, S. De Dosso, A. Stathis, T. Terrot
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors speak English)
Programme description: Activity with both physicians in charge of study patients and with research nurses / data managers, to experience the clinical and administrative patient management, the preparation and the application of clinical protocols, team work, SOP and good clinical practice (GCP).

4. Radiation oncology

Discipline: Radiotherapy
Programme mentor: A. Richetti, M.C. Valli, G. Pesce
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors speak English)
Programme description:

A customized program will be developed on the clinical, technical and dosimetric aspects of RT in the treatment of solid cancers i.e. SNC, head and neck, gastrointestinal, lung, breast, genitourinary, cutaneous and hematological ones i.e.lymphoma. The palliative role of RT will be analyzed too.
We will be able to host radiation oncologists as well as physicists or radiographers as solely candidate or as complete staff, adapting the arguments' approach on demand. In a multidisciplinary approach, all aspects from conventional/conformal to very advanced intensity modulated RT can be covered.

5. Centro di Senologia della Svizzera Italiana

Discipline:  Breast Cancer
Programme mentor: F. Meani
Duration: 3-6 months
Type: Visiting Residency for those holding Swiss Certificate or equivalent and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian (but English is accepted for visiting observerships)
Programme description: Programme description: Multidisciplianry clinical activities with rotations among different specialties involved in the Breast Center activity (Breast surgery, Plastic surgery, Radiotherapy, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology). Outpatient clinics, Operating theater, MDM discussions, Journal Clubs, partecipation to ongoing scientific activities and involvement in manuscripts production.

 

 

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