Each cancer patient can have very different and complex clinical issues depending on the pathology.
The Oncology and Food Association started with the awareness of cancer patient’s needs.
Dr. Salvatore Artale, Director of the “Unità Operativa di Oncologia” at the hospital “Presidio Ospedaliero Sant’Antonio Abate” in Gallarate, part of ASST Valle Olona di Varese, was sensitive to the criticality of cancer patients regarding the side effects of medical therapies, the need for a personalized diet to address therapies and the need to adopt a lifestyle aimed at improving the general state of health. He takes care of his patients by going beyond the clinical and therapeutic aspects and responds to their needs to improve the management of their daily life.
Hence “Associazione Oncologia e Cucina / Oncology and Food Association” was set up in December 2016, with its website containing ‘care integration programs’ for the prevention and control of the side effects of drugs derived from cancer therapies.
The Association first became an ONLUS during February 2017 and then APS (Associazione di Promozione Sociale) during November 2019, calling on the skills of dedicated professionals: nutritionist biologist, chef, geneticist biologist and scientific coordinator. The patients can navigate easily through on our online site. They can read about the main principles that regulate healthy eating with the help of useful recipes for the control of some symptoms related to cancer therapies.
Nutritional advice is integrated without ever replacing the commonly used conventional medical treatments.
The mission of this project is the creation of a site that virtually represents the path that the patient takes in the clinical reality of their every day.
The website offers the patient an immediate opportunity to find some answers to their needs, to participate in events that make them feel part of a group and not an isolated entity who is seeking help.
The main goal is to achieve 100% adherence to the medical cancer treatments for the individual patient.