The best colon cancer treatment centers in Italy
- 27 December
- Diagnosis & Treatment
Colon cancer treatment in Italy is becoming increasingly popular: which clinics are recommended for medical tourists?
The incidence of colorectal cancer in Italy is extremely high: in 2015, more than 50,000 new cases were diagnosed.
Not surprisingly, local hospitals and institutes are paying increased attention to this disease.
To date, different treatments are available, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and monoclonal antibody treatments.
The 5-year survival rate, with an average of around 50%, can easily reach 80-95% in the case of early diagnosis and treatment.
Prevention through national screening programs after 50 is therefore the most effective tool. For this reason, it is necessary to rely on cancer centers with proven experience in order to ensure a correct diagnosis and proper therapy planning.
Local experts interviewed Italians and medical tourists to determine the best colon cancer clinics and hospitals. This rating also takes into account such objective indicators as the number of admissions and interventions performed each year, professional profiles of the team, clinical outcomes, scientific publications and technologies used.
As a result of this complex research, here is a list of two dozen medical centers across the country specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.
Top-18 colon cancer treatment centers in Italy
#1 Policlinico Gemelli and the Columbus Integrated ComplexAgostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome is considered one of the most experienced; with more than 430 surgical interventions per year resulted in first place in the regional and the national rating.
#2 Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria pisanaPisa University Hospital in Pisa is known for its surgical unit, which performs 70-75% of operations on the intestine laparoscopically. These minimally invasive techniques help to improve the outcomes by reducing hospitalization, pain and blood loss.
#3 AOUC Ospedale CareggiCareggi University Hospital in Florence is specialized in robotic surgery; through minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures that already standardized in other areas, Careggi provides excellent results of colon resection.
#4 Sant’Orsola-Malpighi PolyclinicThe Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna is the home of Ardizzoni cancer department, which has been certified by ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) in 2009 as a place where cancer therapy and palliative care are strongly integrated.
#5 AOU Città della Salute e della ScienzaAOU “City of Health and Science” in Turin is the first diagnostic center in Italy to use Virtual colonoscopy (CT scanning) for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Recently the company has signed an agreement with the Candiolo Cancer Institute for the virtual colonoscopy examinations.
#6 IRCCS Casa Sollievo Della SofferenzaIRCCS Home of Suffering in San Giovanni Rotondo specializes in the genetic and molecular study of normal and cancerous colon tissue using the cutting-edge microchip technology.
#7 Istituto Nazionale Per Lo Studio E La Cura Dei TumoriNational Institute for the Study and Treatment of Tumors "Fondazione Pascale" performs 400+ major abdominal surgery interventions each year, including resections of colon tumors pre-treated with radio-chemotherapy). Local surgeons widely use laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive approach.
#8 Azienda Ospedaliera San Martino ISTSan Martino IST Hospital in Genoa is a center of reference for precancerous lesions of the esophagus, stomach and colon. This center is involved in the clinical trials on the new biological molecules available today for colorectal cancer treatment in Europe.
#9 Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria IntegrataIntegrated University Hospital in Verona is well-known for Endoscopic Surgery Service that adopts the ESD technique (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection). The hospital accepts foreign medical tourists who can receive here a qualitatively minimally invasive treatment in comfortable conditions.
#10 Azienda Ospedaliera UniversitariaUniversity Hospital in Padua is the integrated network of national excellence in the field of colorectal cancer by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. 40% of patients with colon cancer received innovative drugs here due to the availability of numerous clinical trials.
#11 AOU Consorziale - Policlinico di BariConsortium AOU - Bari Polyclinic is the place where the method "Inside the Breath" was discovered to calculate the probability of having a colon cancer by analyzing exhaled air, as in spirometry.
#12 Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Nazionale Dei TumoriIRCCS Foundation National Cancer Institute in Milan is the international reference center for the surgical treatment of primary and recurrent colorectal tumors, with particular reference to the adenocarcinomas of the distal rectum and the rare oncological diseases.
#13 Azienda Policlinico Umberto IUmberto I Polyclinic in Rome is the home of Multidisciplinary Center dedicated to colon cancer. Hospital ensures integrated diagnosis and treatment, innovative and coordinated by a single health professional.
#14 Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di ParmaUniversity Hospital of Parma studies the use of targeted pharmacological agents, "biological therapies", which increase the probability of success by reducing the toxicity of the colon cancer treatment.
#15 Istituto Europeo Di Oncologia - IEOEuropean Institute of Oncology (IEO) in Milan is specializes in rectal cancer treatment using the robotic technique. With more than 300 patients treated, this is one of the most experienced centers in the world.
#16 A.R.N.A.S. GaribaldiARNAS Garibaldi in Catania: in 2015, Garibaldi-Nesima Oncological Department has performed 2000 surgical interventions, of which 400 - for bowel surgery. In 2016 ARNAS received ISO 9001 certificate.
#17 IRCCS Ospedale San RaffaeleIRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan is working based on multidisciplinary collaboration between surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists and radiotherapists dealing with rare oncological diseases.
#18 Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria Della MisericordiaSanta Maria Della Misericordia Hospital in Perugia: the Molecular Biology Lab performs high-profile molecular diagnostic examinations. Cutting-edge tests to predict the response to targeted agents in advanced colon cancer treatment are carried out in this Italian clinic.
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