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Asklepios Tumorzentrum

Hamburg, Germany

Person responsible for CTC programme: Professor Dirk Arnold

Hospital overview

The Asklepios Tumorzentrum Hamburg (ATZHH) is a public service network cancer centre in Hamburg, Europe´s 7th largest city, with a catchment area of more than 2.5 million habitants. Clinically, it comprises seven full-spectrum hospitals (ranging from 250 to 700 beds, with outpatient clinics), and 4 specialized cancer care outpatient facilities. Alltogether, more than 200 cancer specialists (all disciplines included) and the multidisiplinary teams serve more than 16,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients per year.

The multi-site structure is organized in 14 tumour-specific Disease Tracks (DTs). The multidisciplinary DTs also work in a cross-locational structure, with a concept of dedicated units at several sites. DTs are responsible for organization of the clinical services, interdisciplinary tumour boards, clinical research programmes, education and training, as well as research activities. 

Joint activities include programmes in prevention, follow-up care and rehabilitation, as well as dedicated education activities for students, physicians (pre- and post-specialization training) and nurses.

The ATZHH and the member hospitals are dedicated training centres of the University of Hamburg and Asklepios Medical School, in cooperation with the Semmelweis University, Budapest.

Participants will be given the opportunity to participate as observer or resident in 3 programmes, each with activities at 2 different sites in Hamburg, to provide a full spectrum and variety of experience.   

CTC programmes offered

1. Gynaecological Oncology and Breast Cancer Centre

Discipline:

Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology, specific diagnostic disciplines

Programme mentor:

Professors Gerhard Gebauer, Christhardt Köhler, Ursula Scholz, Georgia Schilling

Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements for observership:

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 boards and recommendations. Fluent english

Language requirements for residency:

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 Hamburg). Fluent english

Programme description:

More than 500 patients with breast cancer and the full spectrum of gynaecologic cancers (ovarian, cervical, uterins, vulvar or vaginal cancer) are diagnosed and treated within the 4 treatment sites and the accredited Breast Cancer Centre of the Asklepios Tumorzentrum annually.

The center offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and procedures for all settings of these cancer patients in a multidisciplinary approach.

Participants of the program will take part into all diagnostic an therapeutic procedures, including surgical treatment and medical oncology as well as participation in the multidisciplinary conferences and clinics. Participants will be given the opportunity to visit the 2 units for Gynaecological Oncology (at AK Altona: Prof. C. Köhler et al., AK Barmbek: Prof. G. Gebauer et al.) and/or the dedicated Breast Cancer Centre (Dr. U. Scholz et al.)

2. Visceral (gastrointestinal) oncology

Discipline:

Medical and surgical oncology, radiotherapy and interventional radiology

Programme mentor:

Professors Dirk Arnold, Ansgar Chromik, Karl Oldhafer, Axel Stang, Jürgen Pohl, Silke Tribius, Gero Puhl,  

Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements for observership:

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 boards and recommendations. Fluent english.

Language requirements for residency

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 Hamburg). Fluent english

Programme description:

More than 2,000 patients with gastrointestinal cancer are diagnosed and treated at the 5 treatment sites of the Asklepios Tumorzentrum Hamburg. The centre offers the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients with all gastrointestinal malignancies. Key disciplines are (high-volume) surgery, including laparascopic surgey, robotics (Da Vinci XI system), major liver surgery, biut also a large scale diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, interventional radiology techniques as well as specific focus on innovative treatments in medical treatment.  Sites involved in this programme are on Campus Altona, Campus Barmbek and Campus Harburg

3. Head and Neck Cancer

Discipline: Medical and surgical oncology (incl. seconstructive surgery), radiation
Programme mentor:

Professors T. Grundmann, H. Koch, M. Mandapathil, A. Kwiatkowski, J.E. Meyer, S. Tribius

Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements for observership:

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 boards and recommendations. Fluent english

Language requirements for residency

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 Hamburg). Fluent english

Programme description:

More than 1,000 patients with Head and Neck Cancers are diagnosed and treated at the four treatment sites of the Asklepios Tumorzentrum Hamburg annually. The center offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and procedures in a multidisciplinary approach. Participants of the program will take part into all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including surgical treatment, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and medical oncology as main disciplines well as participation in the multidisciplinary tumor boards. Surgical training involves all aspects of head and neck surgical oncology, including skull base surgery, robotics (Da Vinci XI system) and other microinvasive techniques, reconstructive surgery. Sites involved in this programme are on Campus Altona and Campus St. Georg.

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