The Mater Dei Salvador Hospital brings to Bahia an unprecedented and modern concept of care for the treatment of cancer. The unit houses the Integrated Cancer Hospital (HIC), a service that brings together several oncology specialties and services in a single multidisciplinary environment, including the first oncology emergency room in Bahia.
With principles such as comprehensive care and humanized and individualized treatment of patients, the HIC operates based on differentiated and priority care flows that will streamline the demands of those facing the disease.
The Integrated Cancer Hospital of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital offers outpatient services for chemotherapy, oncology emergency room, clinical and surgical oncology, pediatric oncology, onco-hematology, uro-oncology, gynecology oncology, cardio-oncology, oncogenetics, among other oncological specialties. who work with the integrated support of other medical teams and support from the Diagnostic Medicine service of the new hospital.
The HIC concept was inaugurated by Rede Mater Dei in Belo Horizonte (MG), six years ago, and is a reference in diagnosis, treatment and reception of cancer patients.
HIC patients are included in an exclusive flow of care, with priority being given to appointments and exams. The service is integrated into the technological park of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital, which offers the most modern equipment for diagnosis and treatment of the disease, facilitating the demands of examinations.
To ensure greater agility, the bioimaging and laboratory services work in an integrated manner and with direct communication with the oncology teams, who have quick access to the reports.
The medical coordinator of the Integrated Cancer Hospital of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital, Cleydson Santos, explains that the concept of the Integrated Cancer Hospital is to have all sectors and services available to cancer patients following the principle of integrality.
“Everything that the patient needs to map the diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer treatment complications, he will find at the Integrated Cancer Hospital of Mater Dei Salvador. With this, the patient has a very important gain in results, in the control of symptoms, in the cure rates and in the improvement of the quality of life”, he says.
According to the coordinator of the HIC, one of the important characteristics of the service is the horizontality of the service.
“Many oncology services work as a clinic, where care is provided in a fragmented way. At HIC, the same doctor who treats the patient at the outpatient clinic, who performs chemotherapy or cancer treatment, is the one who accompanies the patient in the emergency room and in the inpatient unit. He has a referral oncologist who takes care in all settings. This greatly improves the doctor’s relationship with the patient and the family”, he highlights.
In addition, all clinical cases treated at the unit are discussed individually in daily meetings that take place between the multidisciplinary team and the sector groups.
“We hold eight weekly clinical meetings, divided by specialists in each type of tumor, where we discuss complex cases. These group discussions are based on clinical studies from the medical literature, guided by the best scientific evidence so that the best treatment approach is defined. This guarantees speed in both diagnosis and treatment of this patient, whether surgical, radiotherapy or medication”, explains the coordinator.
HIC offers cancer patients the world’s most advanced therapies for cancer treatment. The Mater Dei Network is one of the country’s pioneers in the use of immunotherapy and is considered one of the teams with the highest frequency and experience in the use of this therapy.
The treatment is considered to be the biggest advance in the treatment of metastases to date. The technique aims to boost the immune system so that it can induce the fight against cancer cells, unlike other mechanisms of action against cancer that are based directly on the fight against cancer cells.
“HIC works from classic chemotherapy treatments to more modern techniques such as hormone therapy and immunotherapy, which instead of directly attacking malignant cells, stimulate the patient’s immune system to attack the tumor. We also use targeted therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies that are indicated to act on a specific mutation found in the tumor. These techniques improve the effectiveness of the treatment and reduce the patient’s side effects”, says Cleydson Santos.
Structure and outpatient clinics
The Integrated Cancer Hospital occupies three floors of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital. Its physical structure is wide, planned within the world standards of comfort and practicality, offering safety to patients.
The HIC has 10 offices and an outpatient clinic with 40 individual boxes for chemotherapy infusion, 37 of which are for adults with 34 reclining seats and three beds. Of the total number of outpatient beds, three children’s beds are available in a pediatric ward that also has a toy library.
First Oncology Emergency Room in Bahia
Another differential of the Integrated Cancer Hospital is the pioneering spirit of offering the first oncology emergency room in Bahia. The service will work within the general emergency of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital and will have oncologist professionals on duty to attend emergencies for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in any health unit.
According to the manager of the HIC at Rede Mater Dei, Ana Amélia Xavier, the oncological emergency brings important improvements for cancer patients.
“When a patient undergoes outpatient treatment for cancer, mainly chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he can have several symptoms and complications, such as nausea, vomiting, dehydration and diarrhea. In an ordinary emergency room, they are usually seen by a medical doctor. At HIC, he is attended by oncologists, who treat these cases in a more efficient way. We have many gains with this specialty in the emergency, as this service improves the management of these adverse effects and reduces the patient’s hospitalization time”, he evaluates.
In addition to the entire team of professionals, the Integrated Cancer Hospital of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital has technology as a great ally. The most modern equipment and procedures in the world for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer are part of its service structure, such as minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery with the da Vinci Xi robot.
The service will also feature PET-CT, a diagnostic imaging test capable of detecting tumors in all parts of the body. Using substances that release radiation, the equipment performs an examination of the patient’s entire body and provides several essential information for decision-making on the best treatment protocol.
One of the highlights of the HIC is the high-tech device known as Versa, a linear radiotherapy accelerator that provides greater precision in the required dose of radiation, reducing the possible side effects of radiotherapy and sparing radiation on healthy organs.
According to the nursing coordinator of the Integrated Cancer Hospital of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital, Camila Santana, 80% of cancer patients undergo outpatient treatment. Of this total, 60% are indicated for radiotherapy. HIC is also the only private hospital in Bahia to offer Baquetearia, a therapy that uses a radioactive source applied through a catheter inside the body, with the aim of irradiating directly into the tumor, preserving healthy areas.
The HIC also has the important resource of robotic surgery, which has been giving great support to oncology, enabling minimally invasive procedures that reduce hospitalization time and the risk of infection.
“The main differential of the Integrated Cancer Hospital is the gain that patients will have within the same service structure. The hospital offers a framework of state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment capable of meeting a very comprehensive demand of patients”, says Camila Santana.
Bone marrow transplant
The HIC of the Mater Dei Salvador Hospital will soon provide its patients with a Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit. The service will have five special beds that have been carefully designed according to international quality standards.
Bone Marrow Transplantation – BMT is a treatment capable of curing several hematological, oncological and immunological diseases.
About the Mater Dei Health Network
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Medical-hospital services are available to the whole family, at all stages of life, with quality care and highly trained and specialized professionals.
The network is expanding, taking the Mater Dei Way of Caring and Acolher to more people. The company’s premise is to value the lives of its patients in each service, providing the best that medicine can offer.
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