The Department of Senology, or Breast Surgery, headed by Dr. Corrado Tinterri, offers the most appropriate treatment methods for biological characteristics of breast cancer in each individual woman. The team performs over 1300 surgeries and sees over 6,000 patients annually.
Surgical procedures can be pursued through conservative methods – involving conserving the breast and axillary lymph nodes despite the illness- and thanks to a close collaboration with the Operating Unit of Plastic Surgery (part of the breast care team), particular attention is paid to the aesthetic aspects in support of maintaining female integrity.
From benign diseases and microcalcifications to radiation therapy for locally advanced disease, the Unit deals with all the aspects related to the clinical breast cancer. The outpatient activities include a clinical breast examination for asymptomatic women, examinations with use of instrumental tools, medical diagnosis of the disease for symptomatic patients (with breast lumps, nipple discharge or breast pain), and follow-up appointments for operated patients, in addition to a clinic dedicated to women with high familial and hereditary risk for developing breast cancer.
Communication is a key aspect in the philosophy for clinical care, therapeutic care and subsequent follow-up.
In every moment of difficulty, psychological therapy is available via telephone (02.8224.6252) or direct counseling.
The main innovative techniques, such as radio-guided surgery, are methods widely represented at Humanitas; in particular, the sentinel lymph node technique and radio-guided occult lesion localization (ROLL) technique that allows the identification of nonpalpable breast lesions, are a part of the clinical practice and used for standard procedures.
The Unit of Senology “Breast Cancer Unit” represents a modern care model in the field of health of women. The European model is achieving the best results in terms of prevention and reduction of breast cancer and allows rapid transfer of the most important news of scientific research to clinical practice everyday. The key element is a multidisciplinary approach to each individual’s health based on their clinical history and the study of clinical and biological characteristics of the tumor.