The surgery took place at the Hospital San Raffaele in Milan and was performed by Doctor Francesco Montorsi, the director of the Urology Unit. The Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the surgery was a success and that Basso is in a good overall condition. He will likely be released from the hospital by Thursday.
It was also reported that Basso’s doctors will establish whether he requires further treatment based on the results of his final examinations, which will be completed and available with in the next few days.
Basso was diagnosed with seminoma, a malignant neoplasm that is one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer.
Basso was concerned about an unusual amount of discomfort in his left testicle, which was hit during a crash in stage 5 at the Tour de France. A test on Monday, during the rest day in Pau, revealed the presence of a small tumour.
He immediately left the race and flew home to Italy, where he met with doctor Montorsi on Tuesday morning in Milan, and the surgery was scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.
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