ITACI - Institute for the Treatment of Childhood Cancer
The ITACI - Institute for the Treatment of Childhood Cancer is a public hospital linked to the Children's Institute of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Medical School of USP. It began its activities in December 2002, with the objective of offering a more adequate space, as well as new equipment, for the treatment of children and adolescents previously attended at the Children's Institute, through the Onco-Hematology Service.
The construction of ITACI is the result of a great mobilization, initiated in 1999, and a partnership between the Child Foundation, the Solidarity Action Against Childhood Cancer (ASCCI) and the Children's Institute of the Hospital das Clínicas. Today, it is part of one of the most important health complexes in the country, which also includes a research center, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo and medical assistance in more than 20 different pediatric specialties.
ITACI care is free, and most patients are referred by the Children's Institute of the HC or by the units of the SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde). There are also cases of children and young people whose parents seek the institute directly. Of the total number of patients treated by ITACI, 30% usually come from other states and even countries. Another 30% come from other public institutions that can not carry out the treatment of more advanced cases of the disease.
Today ITACI is a reference in specialized care for children and adolescents with cancer and other haematological or rare diseases. And it has an important differential in relation to other institutions in this area: the care to children and young people beyond therapeutic possibility, who could not be treated in other hospitals because they are in an advanced state of the disease.