IPO-Porto currently treats around ten thousand oncological patients per year and, of these, about 1,000 correspond to breast cancer patients. This is the unit treating more breast patients in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe.
Breast cancer is the most frequent malignant tumour for the female gender. Given the high incidence and prevalence of this disease in Europe, several European entities recommend that breast cancer should be treated by specialized professionals, working as a team, in multidisciplinary clinics.
Wider search for healthcare services, larger structure size, adaptation to advances in knowledge, integration of new technologies, need to optimise patient’s circulation and flow, availability of technical and human resources, implementation of information systems that allow to properly manage the activity, were the source for creating the IPO-Porto Breast Clinic, which opened on October 23rd, 2007.
The Breast Clinic is a multidisciplinary unit, specialized in providing high quality healthcare services, equipped with technical and human resources necessary to fully approach patients with breast cancer, from the early diagnosis until the advanced disease treatment, with the utmost efficiency and equity.
Its mission is to provide proper clinical treatment for each patient, with the purpose of maximizing the patient’s survival and life quality, but always having in mind his/her needs as a person and the respect for its dignity.
The purpose of this Clinic is to provide a high quality service, by defining quality standards on the diagnosis and treatment, and by implementing a recording and auditing structure that allows its independent recognition and accreditation. The Breast Clinic team includes highly dedicated professionals to each of the diagnosis and breast cancer treatment aspects. The core team includes the specialities of Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiotherapy, Imaging, Pathological Anatomy and Nursing. The non-core specialities include Plastic Surgery, Psycho-Oncology, Medical Physics and Rehabilitation, Genetics, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Palliative Care. The support team includes the Social Worker, Voluntary Service, Secretarial Service and Auxiliary Staff.