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Comprehensive Cancer Centre ULM (CCCU)

Ulm, Germany

Person responsible for CTC programme: Hartmut Döhner, Thomas Seufferlein, Jens Huober

Hospital overview

The Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm (CCCU) is one of 13 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. Leukemia and lymphoma

Discipline: Medical Oncology
Programme mentor: H. Döhner, K. Döhner, S. Stilgenbauer, D. Bunjes, C. Buske, A. Viardot, C. Langer, F. Rücker, P. Pachka
Duration: 3 - 6 months
Type: Visiting Residency and Visiting Observership
Language requirements: For visiting residency status - minimum intermediate level B2 in German is required. For visiting observership a good level of German in recommended.
Other requirements: visiting residency pdf, visiting observership pdf
Programme description: Approximately 900 patients with leukemia and 1300 patients with lymphoma are seen and treated at the CCCU each year, which is a recognized referral center for both diseases, concerning diagnostics and treatment. Participants of the program are trained in advanced diagnostics and treatment of leukemia and lymphoma. All kinds of treatments are offered, including targeted therapies, autologous and allogeneic transplantation. Seeing and treating in- and outpatients, visiting tumor boards, experiencing molecular diagnostics and clinical trial development (including Phase I trials) are offered.

2. Lung cancer

Discipline: Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology
Programme mentor: C. Kropf-Sanchen, L. Bullinger, G. Lang
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: Approximately 500 patients with lung cancer are seen and treated at the CCCU each year. Among them, approximately 300 new lung cancer patients. Within the different specialities (e.g. Pulmonology, Thoracic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine) the full complement of care for these patients is offered. Starting with new diagnostic techniques, (e.g. bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound, PET/CT-scan), offering a wide range of operation techniques (e.g. video-assisted thoracoscopy, video-mediastinoscopy), the full range of multidisciplinary care is offered. Participants will stay in the Pulmonology and/or Medical Oncology Department (diagnostics of all thoracic tumors, endobronchial treatments, treatment of lung cancer either in an in-patient setting or based at our out-patient clinic). Participants will also be an active part in the multidisciplinary out-patient clinic with thoracic surgery, the tumor boards and the daily work on the ward. Furthermore, they will gain an insight into current clinical trials with new treatment options. In addition, participants will stay in the Thoracic Surgery Department and will be involved in surgical care of lung cancer patients. All types of oncologic pulmonary resections are performed. Participants will be involved in the pre- and postoperative management of cancer patients. They will take an active part assisting in lung resections, and elaborating a draft for thoracic cancers together with thoracic surgeons.

3. Gastrointestinal tumors

Discipline: Medical Oncology
Programme mentor: T. Seufferlein, M. Wagner, M. Kornmann
Duration: 3 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: Approximately 550 patients with gastrointestinal cancer are seen and treated at the CCCU each year. Among them, approximately 350 patients with colorectal carcinoma. The GI Cancer Center is a certified tumor center according to the German Cancer Society and embedded in the CCCU structure. The head of the Department of Gastroenterology (T. Seufferlein) leads the GI Cancer Center which provides the full range of diagnostic procedures (ultrasound, endoscopy). Medical treatment of patients takes places in an in- and outpatient setting. Participants will stay in the Department of Gastroenterology, seeing and treating in- and outpatients, visiting tumor boards, experiencing diagnostics and learning about clinical trials.

4. Sarcoma

Discipline: Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology
Programme mentor: R. Mayer-Steinacker, M. Schultheiß
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: Approximately 200 patients newly diagnosed with sarcoma are seen and treated at the CCCU each year. The multidisciplinary collaboration between Medical Oncology, Oncological Surgery and Radiation Oncology provides the full range of established treatment procedures. Since many years, the Department of Trauma Surgery is experienced in clinical trainings of international surgical fellows in collaboration with the AO foundation. Participants will stay in the Department of Trauma Surgery and in the Department of Internal Medicine III, Hematology/Medical Oncology, seeing and treating in- and outpatients, visiting tumor boards, and experiencing surgical techniques.

5. Pathology

Discipline: Surgical Pathology
Programme mentor: P. Möller, T. Barth
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: The Institute of Pathology is an international recognized reference center for lymphoma and breast cancer. Participants will be trained in bone marrow and lymph node pathology, including morphology, immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics. The education program is aimed at fellows or specialist registrars-in-training.

6. Paediatric Oncology

Discipline: Paediatric Oncology
Programme mentor: K.-M. Debatin, D. Steinbach, H. Cario, L.H. Meyer, A. Schulz, M. Hönig, C. Schütz
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 guide¬lines laid down by the Society of Paediatric Oncology and Haema¬tology. 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. a


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. aa


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. 

7. Neurooncology

Discipline: Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology
Programme mentor: C. Wirtz, J. Engelke, M. Halatsch
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: General experience training programme

8. Radiation Oncology

Discipline: Radiation Oncology
Programme mentor: T. Wiegel
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: General experience training programme

9. Psychooncology

Discipline: Medical Oncology
Programme mentor: K. Hönig, H. Gündel
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: General experience training programme

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