Cardio-oncology organization patterns in Italy: One size does not fit all

Maria Laura Canale, Chiara Lestuzzi, Irma Bisceglia, Paola Vallerio, Iris Parrini

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Aims Cardio-oncology is imposing as the specialty deputed to the management of a large and rapidly increasing population of cancer patients receiving anticancer treatments with cardiovascular side effects or presenting with cardiac and oncological comorbidities. Organization patterns dramatically vary across Italy. Methods On the behalf of ANMCO, we have analyzed the characteristics of cardio-oncology services across different hospital types in Italy. A questionnaire was sent out to all ANMCOdivisions inquiring about innerorganization,workload, multidisciplinary team and inter-hospital connections. Results Ninety-eight centers sent back the questionnaire. We summarize different paths into four reference assistance models (sizes XL, L, M and S) according to hospital characteristics, cardio-oncology population size, specialists availability, local facilities and the hospitalsurrounding network. We define sizes of the proposed pathways highlighting the need to tailor the model in each single situation. Conclusion No single cardio-oncology organization model can be applied to all hospitals. Each center could select the size/model that best fits its organization. Multidisciplinarity and networking play a crucial role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018


  • Cardio-oncology
  • Organization
  • Pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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