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Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI)

Bellinzona, Switzerland

Person responsible for CTC programme: Olivia Pagani

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 6 divisions: medical oncology, radio-oncology, haematology, palliative care, nuclear medicine and research. Overall, 60 physicians compose the 6 teams. The centre is in the hospital San Giovanni 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, distributed in Lugano, Mendrisio and Locarno. Due to its relatively small dimensions, the Institute, although working in a very multidisciplinary mode, only partially functions by strict division in tumour teams. The institute follows at the moment approximately 8000 patients, and it sees about 2000 new cases per year.

Our international reputation is mainly based on our activity in the fields of malignant lymphoma, breast cancer and new drugs development, although other teams as the haematology or the nuclear medicine also have an excellent publication record.

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

CTC programmes offered

1. Hematological malignancies

Discipline: Hematology, Medical Oncology
Programme mentor:

M. Ghielmini, F. Cavalli, 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 understand and 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:  
Programme mentor: C. Sessa, P.C. Saletti, O. Pagani, S. De Dosso, P. Frösch, V. Espeli, P. Servida, L. Wannesson
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors understand and 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: Clinical Oncology
Programme mentor: C. Sessa, 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 understand and 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, G. Nicolini
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors understand and 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. Nuclear medicine (oncological nuclear medicine and PET/CT imaging)

Discipline:  
Programme mentor: L. Ceriani, L. Giovanella
Duration: 1 month in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Centre
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors understand and speak English)
Programme description: Activity with whole body scans, SPECT, SPECT/CT and PET/CT

6. Thyroid cancer and radiometabolic therapy

Discipline:  
Programme mentor: L. Ceriani, L. Giovanella
Duration: 1 month in the Thyroid Unit of Nucler Medicine and PET/CT Centre
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors understand and speak English)
Programme description: Clinical activity, hormones laboratory, neck ultrasound and FNAC, thyroid and whole body scans including SPECT/CT, PET/CT, radioiodine therapy including dosimetry.

6. Thyroid cancer and radiometabolic therapy

Discipline: Programme mentor: L. Ceriani, L. Giovanella
Duration: 1 month in the Thyroid Unit of Nucler Medicine and PET/CT Centre
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: Italian language (but most doctors understand and speak English)
Programme description: Clinical activity, hormones laboratory, neck ultrasound and FNAC, thyroid and whole body scans including SPECT/CT, PET/CT, radioiodine therapy including dosimetry.

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