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“Targeted therapies” also for the quality of life of breast cancer patients

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“Targeted therapies” also for the quality of life of breast cancer patients

Today oncology is a precision discipline: made up of targeted therapies, chosen based on the molecular specifications of each individual tumor. However, curing does not just mean attacking a disease, but taking care of a human being. A patient who, in addition to a disease with specific molecular and clinical characteristics, also has unique habits, needs, problems and desires, which deserve a personalized approach, like medical therapy. This is why “RE-START Cancer Care – the new beginning after the diagnosis of cancer” was born, an initiative promoted by the IncontraDonna Foundation which was presented today at the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome, and aims to provide free sporting and cultural activities , and targeted, to respond to the specific needs of patients with breast cancer undergoing treatment or follow-up.

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Quality of life interventions also become “precision”

The project has the Policlinico Umberto I University Hospital and the Immacolata Dermopathic Institute as scientific partners, and also enjoys the patronage of the AIOM Foundation (Italian Association of Medical Oncology) and the Sport City Foundation. It is active for now in the two Roman hospitals, but plans to soon expand to other treatment centers throughout the peninsula. And its aim is to improve the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a personalized program of free courses that aim to respond to the needs of each individual patient.

“The global assessment of patients’ needs is still little used in oncology clinical practice – he underlines Andrea Botticelli, Head of the Breast Unit of the Policlinico Umberto I and Scientific Head of the RE-START Cancer Care project – However, an implementation capable of providing a personalized approach also for those activities that accompany and complete the therapies is now necessary and can no longer be postponed clinics. In the fight against breast cancer, as for other neoplasms, treatments are increasingly tailored to the individual patient. We have new diagnostic tools available that allow us to better select treatments. This must also happen in the identification of women’s needs and in the subsequent proposal of recreational activities. Some patients will be more suited to sporting activities, others to theatre, writing or dancing.”

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The project

Currently, courses in tai chi chuan, rowing, theatre, expressive writing, flamenco, pilates matwork and mindfulness/art therapy are available, but the project plans to expand the list of activities based on the needs that will gradually emerge from listening. of patients. An initial meeting will be held, in which the needs of each participant are assessed, and a proactive and multidisciplinary path is developed that responds to their specific needs.

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“It is known and proven that in addition to pharmacological innovations and surgery, breast cancer – like all oncological pathologies – requires broader management: nutrition, physical activity, satisfaction of psycho-social needs are an integral part of the treatment – has explained Adriana Bonifacino, President of Fondazione IncontraDonna – Art, writing and sport can reduce cancer-induced anxiety, depression and stress. The courses also represent an opportunity to encourage sociability and the development of one’s skills”. Furthermore, the project is not addressed solely to patients, but also to those who face the burden of the disease and the treatment process with them firsthand. “We have, in fact, decided to leave 20% of the places available for the seven activated courses to caregivers – concludes Bonifacino – If the total cases in Italy are more than 800 thousand, it means that millions of people and families are involved in the oncological pathology, and they too must be offered the possibility of psycho-physical support”.

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