NICOLA SARDI1, ALESSANDRO SANDRI1, DANIELE BERTIN1, LUANA MASTRODICASA1, LIANA TODISCO1, PAOLO GIRONE2, SILVIA FUNGI2, LUIGI BESENZON2, ENRICO MADON1
1Divisione di Pediatria Oncologica, Università di Torino 2Unità Operativa Autonoma di Pediatria, Ospedale “SS. Annunziata”, Savigliano
MANAGING CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN THE COMMUNITY
Key words: Cancer, Community, Management
Cancer in childhood are rare but the management of children affected by neoplasm presents
many clinical and organization problems. The collaborative project between the Paediatric
Oncology and Haematology Departments of ASO “OIRM-St. Anna”, Turin, and the Paediatric
Service of “SS. Annunziata” Hospital, Savigliano, is an important experience. The collaboration
started in January, 2000, and up to now 33 paediatric patients have been followed
co-operatively. The co-ordinated management of these children required the acquisition of
new knowledge and skills for its implementation. The article describes the role played by the
community hospital as well as by the family paediatricians in taking care of these patients.
Further steps to improve the management are also identified.