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Comprehensive Cancer Centre Ulm

Ulm, Germany

Person responsible for CTC programme: Stephan Stilgenbauer, Hartmut Döhner, Wolfgang Janni, Thomas Seufferlein

Hospital overview

The Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm (CCCU) is one of 15 institutions in Germany that has been awarded by German Cancer Aid as an “Interdisciplinary Oncology Center of Excellence” and has constantly received support in recognition of the excellence of the Center’s achievements in cancer treatment and research. The catchment area for cancer patients comprises a large area in Southern Germany with a population of approx. 2.5 Mio inhabitants. Comprehensive individual patient care at the CCCU is carried out through the interdisciplinary collaboration among all oncological experts of the departments of Ulm University Hospital. This includes the concept of assigning patients to interdisciplinary tumor boards and of adhering to the recommended guidelines according to Standard Operating Procedures which are mandatory in-hospital standards of treatment. Within the framework of clinical trials, many patients can benefit from new approaches in therapy.

CTC programmes offered

1. Paediatric Oncology

Discipline: Paediatric oncology
Programme mentor:

K.-M. Debatin, H. Cario, L.H. Meyer, A. Schulz, M. Hönig,

Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: For visiting residency status - A minimum of intermediate level B2 in German is required (to be approved by the Regional Administrative Council / Supreme Health Authority of the German State of Baden-Wuerttemberg).
For visiting observership status -A good level of German language skills is mandatory in order to follow communication between doctors and patients as well as tumor board conferences and recommendations.
Other requirements: visiting residency pdf, visiting observership pdf
Programme description:

Within the Paediatric Oncology Programme about 85 children and adolescents per year suffering from a malignant disease are seen and treated at the Paediatric Oncology Centre at the University Children’s Hospital. With this, our Centre is one of the larger Centres for Paediatric Oncology in Germany and treatment of paediatric malignancies is a major focus at our unit. The Paediatric Oncology unit consists of a special ward, a day-care clinic and outpatient department. All kinds of paediatric cancers including solid tumours, leukaemias and lymphomas, central nervous system tumours as well as dysfunctions of haematopoiesis are seen and treated in a team of specialized physicians and nurses closely cooperating with experts from other fields (Paediatric Surgery, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Neurosurgery, Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics, ENT). Our treatments are carried out under the standardized guidelines laid down by the Society of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology. Furthermore, for very rare malignancies and unfavourable courses of disease we offer a number of novel innovative therapeutic concepts, many of which were developed at our hospital.

In addition, specific treatment of leukaemia, bone marrow failure and in particular immunodeficiency in children and adolescents through bone marrow and stem cell transplantation has been a major focus of our hospital over the past 40 years. Thus, our centre has the longest experience in this type of treatment for children and adolescents in Germany and is one of the largest German centres with a record of more than 1000 transplant patients.

Participants will be involved in diagnosis and treatment of paediatric cancer patients, both in an in- but also outpatients setting, attending tumour boards and conferences, planning and application of anti-neoplastic therapies as well as diagnosis and treatment of corresponding side effects.