Karydas Irini

Karydas Irini Surgeon

Director, Breast Center HYGEIA Hospital

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • Graduate University of Athens Medical School


  • Specialty: General Surgeon
  • Postgraduate surgical training: senior registrar Guy’s Hospital Breast Unit (Professor John Hayward)

Doctoral thesis

  • Wide local excision with radical axillary lymph node clearance in breast cancer. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology).

  • Hellenic Society of Breast Surgery and Breast International Group (BIG).

  • Hellenic Society of Surgery.

  • Athens Medical Society.

  • Hellenic Society of Breast Cancer research.

  • Contact person EORTC Breast Cooperative Group.

  • Hellenic Society of Psychosocial Oncology.

  • Hellenic Society of Preventive Medicine.

  • Hellenic Society of Senology.

  • Hellenic Society of Oncology

  • International Society against Breast Cancer.

  • International Association for Breast research.

  • International Society of Senology.

  • Editorial Board in Hellenic Society of Senology.


Work Experience

  • Director of Breast Center “HYGEIA” Hospital since 2003.

  • Breast Clinic “AGIOS SAVVAS” Hospital.

  • Guy’s Hospital Breast Unit.


Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest:

  • Breast surgery performed more than 20.000 breast operations and examined more than 300.000 women with breast disease (case load)

Research Interest:

  • Study of new drug development in breast cancer.

  • EORTC Breast Cooperative Group Clinical studies (participation).

  • Clinical research regarding the value of breast concerning surgery.

  • Participation in immunology and transmission electromicroscopic research protocols “AGIOS SAVVAS” Hospital.

  • Participation in immunohistochemical and histopathologic research laboratory protocols “AGIOS SAVVAS” Hospital, “HYGEIA” Hospital.


Honors & Awards

  • 2011 honorary award from the women’s organisation “DEMOKRATIKOS SYNAGERMOS (DISY)-Cyprus for social contribution.

  • First prizes on research papers at conferences. 

  • Distinguished award for long standing clinical contribution “AGIOS SAVVAS” Hospital.



  • Co-editor in Current mastology2007. 

  • Publication: Senology 1992 Excerpta Medica.


Recent Publications

  • Fine needle aspiration cytology in primary breast angiosarcoma: a case report. Acta Cytol.2010 Sep-Oct;54 (5 Suppl): 764-70.

  • Cell-free DNA and RNA in plasma as a new molecular marker for prostate and breast cancer. Ann NY Acad Sci.2006 Sep;1075:235-4.3

  • Evidence for in vivo synergism between docetaxel and gemcitabine in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Ann Oncol.2004 Jan;15(1):95-9.

  • Treatment of operable breast cancer in the elderly: a randomized clinical trial EORTC 10850 comparing modified radical mastectomy with tumorectomy plus tamoxifen. Eur J Cancer. 2003 Feb;39(3):300-8.

  • Tamoxifen associated uterine pathology in breast cancer patients with abnormal bleeding. Anticancer Res.1998 Jan-Feb;18(1B):625-9.

  • Monocyte disorders associated with T cell defects in patients with solid tumors. Anticancer Res. 1992 Mar-Apr;12(2):489-94.

  • Adjuvant androgen treatment of operable breast cancer — a 20 year analysis. Eur J Surg Oncol. 1987 Apr;13(2):113-7.

  • Comparison of HER2 detection methods between central and regional laboratories in Greece. Clin Breast Cancer.2007 Oct;7(10):784-90.

  • Inherited cancer predisposition syndromes in Greece. Anticancer Res.2008 Mar-Apr; 28(2B):1341-7. Review.

  • Tamoxifen associated uterine pathology in breast cancer patients with abnormal bleeding. Anticancer Res. 1998 Jan-Feb;18(1B):625-9.