The Institute Protea works in partnerships with hospitals to give low-income breast cancer patients access to quality, timely treatment because we know time is crucial! The sooner the patient first starts her treatment, the more she will have to cure her breast cancer!
When diagnosed early and treated with quality, breast cancer has a 95% chance of cure, but currently 25% of Brazilian patients die after 5 years of diagnosis!
To help change this reality we developed the project below with the Santa Marcelina Hospital, in Itaquera, São Paulo, SP.
The project Protea AMAR - Care for Breast Cancer of High Resolution was born from the partnership between Protea and Hospital Santa Marcelina de São Paulo. We chose that name because we know that time is life and healing for our patients.
A private and philanthropic institution, which dedicates 87% of its care to the Unified Health System (SUS), Santa Marcelina Hospital is considered a quality reference in the provision of health services in the Eastern Zone of the capital, and one of the most important health.
The East Zone is considered the poorest region of São Paulo, according to IBGE . In addition, it is one of the most populated, accounting for 20% of the population of the Municipality of São Paulo, or 2.4 million inhabitants *. With 534 thousand inhabitants, Itaquera is the most populous region of the East Zone, and the second most populous region of the state capital. Poverty and overpopulation impact the quality of life and health of the residents of the region: it has been observed that the life expectancy of Itaquera, currently 61.67 years, has been declining in recent years, when the average in Brazil has risen to 75 years . In addition, cancer deaths in the region have increased in recent years *.
For these reasons, the Protea Institute has sought a partner in this region. With the Protea AMAR project, we started to support 440 visits per month at the Breast Cancer Outpatient Clinic of Santa Marcelina Hospital, also increasing the monthly number of surgeries and chemo and radiotherapy treatments offered to hundreds of women.
In addition, we were able to increase the number of new patients treated with suspected breast cancer in the Outpatient Clinic itself, thereby reducing waiting time between diagnosis and initiation of treatment. We also carry out all the necessary examinations in a single day. In this way the patient saves time - their results come out faster -, besides comfort, it avoids patients returning to the hospital again to perform all the exams.
Another initiative of our project is the mammography examination, a diagnostic examination of non-palpable nodules that can not be examined by mammography. In the past, this examination was done through surgery in a surgical center. Now, with our help, we take this exam in a clinical setting. This procedure is more comfortable and less traumatic for the patient, with less risk clinically and in less time. The Protea Institute does everything possible to reduce the time needed between diagnosis and initiation of treatment with the medical and technical quality that our patients deserve.
* Fonts: Censo Demográfico IBGE, 2010; Dados Demográficos, Prefeitura SP, 2017; Observatório Cidadão, 2018.