From: 28/08/2017 to: 08/09/2017 ESO-ESSO-ESTRO Multidisciplinary Course in Oncology for Medical Students, Antwerp, Belgium                                        From: 06/10/2017 to: 07/10/2017 Eastern Europe and Balkan Region Refresher Course on Breast Cancer, Krakow, Poland                                        From: 18/10/2017 to: 20/10/2017 4th Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Tbilisi, Georgia                                        From: 18/10/2017 to: 18/10/2017 ESO Breast Cancer Observatory, Tehran, Iran                                        From: 27/10/2017 to: 28/10/2017 9th Clinical Oncology Update - Onkologia 2017, Krakow, Poland                                        From: 02/11/2017 to: 04/11/2017 ESO-ESMO Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC4), Lisbon, Portugal                                        From: 02/12/2017 to: 04/12/2017 ESO-ESMO-RCE Clinical Update on Rare Adult Solid Cancers, Milan, Italy                                        From: 15/12/2017 to: 18/12/2017 6th Arab and Southern European Countries Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Limassol, Cyprus                                        From: 22/01/2018 to: 26/01/2018 University Post-graduate Course - Clinical Oncology: Sarcomas, Milan, Italy                                        From: 05/02/2018 to: 09/03/2018 University Post-graduate Course - Clinical Oncology: Head & neck cancers, Milan, Italy                                        From: 24/03/2018 to: 29/03/2018 17th ESO-ESMO Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Nauen OT Groß Behnitz (Berlin area), Germany                                        From: 18/04/2018 to: 22/04/2018 4th ESO-ESMO Latin-American Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Mexico City, Mexico                                        From: 6/10/2018 to: 8/10/2018 4th ESO-ESMO Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference, Lugano, Switzerland

 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.