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Basics in Breast Cancer Surgery

11.04.2024  -  25.05.2024

A hands-on practical training - APPLICATION CLOSED



Chair: R. A. Audisio, IT

Surgical approaches have dramatically improved over the last few decades, taking into account cancer control as well as cosmetic outcomes. This educational event aims to provide a broad and exhaustive insight into modern Breast Cancer Surgery as well as fundamental knowledge of the biology and the spread of the disease.

Technical details of a dozen procedures such as sentinel node biopsy, axillary dissection, and removal of non-palpable lesions will be explained and discussed with a team of international experts. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform and critically comment on them via a hands-on approach using a custom-made model.

Teaching format

The event is divided into two educational parts:

  1. Pre-recorded online lectures available from 15 April 2024;
  2. In-person event on 25 May 2024 during which participants will be exposed to
    1. Open discussions with top-level European experts on the topics presented in the pre-recorded lectures;
    2. Practical hands-on training using models.

The online lectures will need to be attended before the in-person event but participants will have the opportunity to prepare themselves in their own time and at their own place.

The in-person part will be organised into:

  • Open discussions on the topics presented in the pre-recorded lectures;
  • Practical hands-on training using models.
Learning objectives

The course will focus on the following procedures that will be presented, discussed and performed on a mannequin, under the surveillance of a mentor:

  1. Axillary sampling
  2. Injection of the dye
  3. SLNB – blue dye
  4. SLNB - Magtrace
  5. Axillary Dissection
  6. Lumpectomy (palpable lump)
  7. Wire-guided lumpectomy
  8. Occult lesion localization
  9. De-epithelization
  10. Batwing incision
  11. Skin flap
  12. Drainage positioning
  13. Mastectomy

Participants will have the chance to improve their surgical skills and learn from top level international experts.



The official language will be English. No translation will be available.


Participants will be issued a certificate of attendance (minimum attendance: 75% of the online part + 100% of the in-person event). An online evaluation questionnaire and learning assessment test will need to be completed for both parts in order to get the certificate that will be sent by email.

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE) and the course has been awarded with 12.5 credits. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuous Medical Education (ACCME) designate this type of educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA category 1 credits per hour of activity.

   ESCO - The ESO College

Being selected to take part in this ESO activity gives participants eligibility to enrol in ESCO - the College of the European School of Oncology.
This event also enables ESCO students to earn ESCO credits and therefore access more ESCO benefits.
Full and active participation in the event earns participants 9 ESCO credits.
Visit www.ESCO.org for more information on how to join ESCO.


Imperial College London
St Mary's Hospital
London, UK


Francesca Marangoni

European School of Oncology (ESO)
Via Turati 29
IT- 20121 Milan

ph +39 366 3434694
email: fmarangoni@eso.net


The breast simulators have been designed by the Imperial College who adapted them following the specification provided by ESO scientific experts to comply with the training needs of this course.

Promeditec Innovation managed and supervised the customization of the breast simulators for ESO.


The localisation probes used during the surgical procedures are generously provided by Endomag.


Block 1 - 11.04.2024 - Pre-recorded sessions

Basics in Breast Cancer Surgery - Block 1

Block 2 - 25.05.2024 - Imperial College, London, UK

Basics in Breast Cancer Surgery - Block 2


Riccardo A. Audisio, Breast Surgeon, European School of Oncology, Milan, Italy
Roberto Gennari, Breast Surgeon, Fondazione Istituto G. Giglio, Cefalù, Italy
Andreas Karakatsanis, Uppsala University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Section for Breast Surgery, Uppsala, SE
Daniel Richard Leff, Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery & Cancer, London, UK
Isabel T. Rubio, Director, Breast Surgical Oncology, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid, Spain
Lynda Wyld, Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom


Attendance is limited to 12 participants and admittance is by competitive application only.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Aged between 25 and 40 years
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience in surgical oncology
  • Fluency in English

Interested surgeons should apply online providing by 18 February 2024:

  • Letter describing motivation for attending;
  • Supporting letter from head of department or mentor;
  • CV with list publications (if the list of publications is not provided, it will be assumed that no articles have been published)

A registration fee of 300€ will be asked to the 12 successful applicants.

ESCO Members are entitled to a discounted fee of 200€.

The registration fee covers:

  • Access to the course and its educational resources
  • Meals according to the course programme

Accommodation and Travel are not included.