Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra
- 320 New breast cancer cases treated per year
- 36 Breast multidisciplinarity team members
Clinical Director: Joana Belo, MD
In the era of personalized cancer care, the creation of specialized units to treat these patients is crucial. Our Breast Unit is part of the Gynaecology Service of Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (CHUC). It consists of a cohesive and dedicated multidisciplinary group of specialists in breast pathology who work together to ensure high-quality care. We have created a model focused on the patient, where the concept of the'single act'prevails. This allows the Multidisciplinary Decision Team (MDT) to rapidly define the diagnosis and treatment fulfilling the temporal criteria defined by EUSOMA. The MDT incorporates Medical Oncologists, Radiotherapy, Radiologists, Anatomopathologists taking place weekly. All clinical cases are discussed following the European Guidelines in an attempt to standardise procedures. To achieve the holist approach to the patient, our Breast Unit works in straight relation with Genetics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Team. Specialized nurses work as a link between numerous departments, such as Psychology, Nutrition, Social Work, signalling and channelling patients’ needs.