Surgical treatment of breast lesions at a Day Centre: Experience of the European Institute of Oncology

Bettina Ballardini, Marta Cavalli, Giovanni Francesco Manfredi, Claudia Sangalli, Viviana Galimberti, Mattia Intra, Elisabetta Maria Cristina Rossi, Javiera Seco, Giampiero Campanelli, Paolo Veronesi

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Breast cancer is the commonest malignancy in women worldwide. The reduced aggressiveness of breast cancer surgery has made it possible treat patients in the day surgery setting. The European Institute of Oncology, Milan, opened its new Day Center in May 2010. From May 2010 to December 2014, 17,087 patients with breast conditions were treated by the Institute's Division of Senology, 4132 (24.2%) of these in the day surgery setting, including malignant and benign conditions; 204 (4.9%) were not discharged on the day of surgery, being converted to inpatients; five (0.1%) patients returned to hospital for persistent hematoma.Our experience of performing breast cancer surgery in the day surgery setting is in line that of the literature. It is safe, but requires a well-organized unit and multidisciplinary medical team to function smoothly, with much attention paid to patient comfort and education, so as to ensure maximum patient acceptance and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Breast cancer
  • Day surgery
  • Outpatient surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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