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CNAO's Staff

CNAO's Staff

Our physicians

Dr Francesca Valvo

Dr Francesca Valvo

Tumours of the digestive system, Sarcomas, Lymphomas

Education and training

  • July 1976
    Secondary School Diploma - Classical Sciences ("Giuseppe Garibaldi" School -Palermo)
  • December 1982
    Degree in Medicine and Surgery - University of Palermo
    Mark: 110/110 (highest mark) and Admission to "Albanese Prize" 
  • November 1986
    Specialist Diploma in Medical Oncology - University of Messina
    Mark 60/60 (highest mark)
  • November 1991
    Specialist Diploma in Oncological Radiotherapy - University of Milan.
    Mark 90/90
  • July 2001 Diploma of the four-year course onpsychoanalytic training in therapeutic relationships

Career Summary

  • January 1979 - December 1982
    Internship at the Institute of Pharmacology - Autonomous section of Clinical Oncology Department directed by Prof. Luciano Rausa - University Hospital "Giaccone" of Palermo

    Fields of Interest: laboratory of clinical pharmacology - biochemical markers of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity, clinical activity at Oncological Outpatient Department 
  • February 1983 - December 1987

    Fellow doctor at the Medical Oncology Division of the;National Cancer Institute of Milan, directed by Dr Gianni Bonadonna

    Fields of interest: malignant lymphomas and sarcomas
  • January 1988 - December 1989

    Contracted Doctor at the Oncological Radiotherapy Division of the;National Cancer Institute of Milan, directed by Prof. Roberto Zucali

    Fields of interest: testicular neoplasms and head-and-neck neoplasms
  • February 1990 - April 2011

    Medical Director at the Oncological Radiotherapy Division of the;National Cancer Institute of Milan

    Fields of interest: neoplasms of the digestive system
  • May 2011 - February 2014

    Medical Director - Head of Department: Radiotherapy in neoplasms of the digestive system at the Oncological Radiotherapy Division of the National Cancer Institute of Milan
  • March 2014 - to date

    Director of the Clinical Department of the CNAO Foundation (National Center of Oncological Hadrontherapy) of Pavia

    Fields of interest: Oncological Hadrontherapy


  • 1988 - 1995
    Regular teacher of the Haematology course at the Nurse's Training School of the National Cancer Institute of Milan.
  • 2004 - 2006
    Annual seminars in the four-year School of Psychoanalysis.
  • 2002 - 2014
    Short-term lecturer of Internal Medicine of the Degree Course in Nursing Sciences of the University of Milan.
  • 2015 - 2017
    Short-term lecturer in the specialisation course in Oncological Radiotherapy of the University of Milan.


  • 1994
    Member of AIRO (Italian Association of Oncological Radiotherapy). Vice-president of the Lombardy Region Group.
  • 1998
    Member of the National Board that set the guidelines for rectal cancer radiotherapy.
  • January 1999 - December 2000
    Co-ordinated the ARIO's Regional Study Group on Digestive Neoplasms.
  • September 2007
    Member of the editorial staff of the psychoanalysis magazine called "Il Ruolo Terapeutico".
  • January 2008 - January 2010
    Co-ordinated the ARIO's National Study Group on Gastrointestinal Neoplasms.
  • April 2009 - April 2012
    Tutor of advanced courses on rectal cancer radiotherapy at ESTRO (European SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology).
  • 2003 - to date
    ​​​​​​​Member of the group of AIOM (Italian Association of Medical Oncology) Guidelines on rectal and anal cancers as a radiotherapist.
  • Azienda con sistema di gestione per la Qualità Certificata
  • Centre registered with QuESTIO, the mapping of players actively operating in the field of research and innovation
  • Lombardia Life Sciences
  • ESTRO Institutional Member 2019