New Breast Unit department at the Gom in Reggio Calabria


By John

The large metropolitan hospital of Reggio Calabria has activated the «Breast Unit» servicethe diagnosis and treatment path for breast pathologies that has been operational for some time and which has been active since this morning in a renovated department on the third floor of the “Bianche-Melacrino-Morelli” facility. 50 people participated in the Open Day, established today and dedicated to women dealing with breast pathologies, to offer them correct and complete information. «Compared to screening, implemented in a commendable manner by the ASP of Reggio Calabria – explained the extraordinary commissioner of the Gom Gianluigi Scaffidi – ours aims to be a more in-depth form of prevention. With this Breast Unit, which is a physical structural site where more operating units of the hospital, the whole organization revolves around the woman who will automatically be sent to do all the procedures and all the tests up to the operation, if necessary, up to chemotherapy, if necessary. In this structure various operational units converge: from surgery, to oncology, to radiotherapy, to radiology and so on.” «We – stated the medical director of Gom Salvatore Costarella – are trying to carry out an operation in recent years that brings the hospital closer to the citizen. We have streamlined the entire process. At the Breast Unit, patients will have a totally facilitated path which includes both the visit, clearly the first level diagnostics, but also the more advanced diagnostics, such as magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound-guided and stereotactic biopsies. Once the diagnostic process is concluded, the therapeutic process will begin which is not decided only by a professional, but by a pool of professionals who collaborate with each other and decide the best therapeutic path.”

An organization, therefore, that could counter the costly phenomenon of healthcare emigration. «Absolutely yes – replied Costarella -. We carry with us the atavistic prejudice that exists towards Calabrian healthcare. But I can assure you that the hospital is full of professionalism. What was missing was an organization that could put all these professionals in communication and above all break down the barriers that hinder access to care.” «As you may have noticed – underlined Costarella – the associations that deal with women's health take part in this event. We wanted to involve them because we believe that the primary stakeholders in this process are the patients and the associations that represent them.” Costarella finally recalled that in recent years the Gom has not only addressed this type of pathology, but has involved other associations of other clinical-therapeutic processes, «the living renal transplant – you reminded yourself – which we are doing in a also quite bright. Other paths are starting. This is always because the hospital belongs to the citizen. And since we are healthcare workers, but we are also citizens, we too are potential users and beneficiaries of these services.”