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Breast cancer, a free coach to help patients in their treatment journey

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Breast cancer, a free coach to help patients in their treatment journey

Accompany the donna step by step in the care of breast cancer thanks to the help of a free coach. The trial of the service at the hospital has started Do well brothers of Milan on a group of patients. The Doctors project. Patients. Parenti, made available by the Renata Quattropani Ets Foundation, is already underway in other Milanese hospitals such as the Policlinico, the San Raffaele and the National Cancer Institute. The Foundation brought the service to Italy in 2017 for chronic hematological oncology patients and their families.

«The medical coach – explains the Quattropani Foundation – is a figure capable of accompanying the chronic patient or those suffering from serious pathologies, in some cases together with caregiverin the daily management of illnessfollowing him step by step and motivating him to face the small big daily challenges with advantages both on the quality of life of the sick, who are put back at the center as people and not just as sick, and on the regularity of the treatments and therefore on their effectiveness”.

How the meetings take place

The meetings take place online​, thanks to a videoconferencing system on PC, tablet or smartphone and begins with an individual cognitive interview, in which the coaching methodology is presented. This is followed by 14 group meetings over 7 months, one every 15 days, always online. The service is completed by an annual individual coaching called Coaching Time, aimed at all participants.

The roles of the coach

The coach becomes the woman’s first ally in managing the changes brought about by the disease: from the need to follow all the steps of treatment by integrating them with family and work needs up to aesthetic discomforts such as the loss of hair.

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Not only. The coach supports and encourages the woman’s independence in her journey treatment and in also adopting new behaviors with the aim of maintaining an active and social life in the family and work context. During the meetings, the figure works on building an awareness that leads the woman to live the experience of the disease as an active protagonist.


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