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Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main

location_on Frankfurt am Main, Germany
8.8/10 from 24 Votes

Department of Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation (44)

Elke Jäger

Prof. Dr. med.

Elke Jäger

Specialized in: oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplantation

About the department

The Department of Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main provides the high-quality diagnostics and treatment of the entire range of diseases of the hematopoietic system, as well as solid malignant tumors of various localization. The department is certified by the German Cancer Society as the Cancer Center, and therefore it can offer patients all the achievements of modern medicine for the successful treatment of even advanced stages of cancer. The department's specialists are actively involved in research activities and use their own unique developments during the treatment course. The department's patients also have a unique opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new drugs and therapeutic methods, which can provide a chance for full recovery or long-term remission. Palliative care for patients with incurable types of cancer is also an integral part of the clinical practice of a medical facility, which helps patients relieve pain and improve their quality of life. The department's doctors give preference to individualized medical care, and also pay attention to personal communication with their patients.

The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Elke Jäger. She has long clinical experience and has saved the lives of many severely ill patients. According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the doctor ranks among the best specialists in the treatment of leukemias, lymphomas and metastases!

The team of the department's hematologists takes care of the health of patients with benign and malignant diseases of the hematopoietic  system, ranging from leukemias and lymphomas to impaired hematopoiesis and bleeding disorders. The therapy of blood cancer (leukemia) is of particular interest to the department's specialists. The treatment regimen is developed for each patient individually, depending on the particular type of leukemia, its stage, patient's general health, age and other important factors. The basis of blood cancer treatment is chemotherapy, usually high-dose chemotherapy. Bone marrow transplantation is another effective treatment for blood cancer provided in the department. Thanks to the department's active research activities, the patients can also undergo treatment within the framework of clinical trials (only with the consent of the patient). Upon the completion of treatment, the patient will receive the necessary recommendations, and also remains under the supervision of the department's doctors who closely monitor his health condition in order to prevent complications or recurrences in the future.

The department's oncologists focus on the patients with lung cancer and oncological diseases of other respiratory organs, gastrointestinal tract, including colon and pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, female genital cancer and prostate cancer. In most cases, the first-line therapy for malignant solid tumors is surgical resection, which, depending on the particular clinical case, can be supplemented with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, antibody therapy and other treatments. The highly specialized doctors are necessarily involved in the treatment process. These are gastroenterologists, gynecologists, urologists, etc. In addition, the patients and their relatives receive qualified psychological care.

It is worth noting that the department has a Working Group, which has been implementing its activities on vaccine development and application for cancer of various localization for more than 25 years. The essence of the technique is to activate the patient's own immune system to fight against cancer by administering tumor-associated antigens (TAA) into the body. Prior to appointing vaccination, the department's doctors perform special tests (ELISPOT, ELISA, PCR tests) to assess the likelihood of activation of the patient's immune system and the degree of effectiveness of this type of therapy. The research projects in this area are carried out in cooperation with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research ​in New York.

The department is proud of its long experience in palliative care for cancer patients. The main task of the specialists in this field is to relieve pain and maintain a decent quality of life for the patients. In addition to physicians and nurses with special training in palliative care, the experienced physiotherapists, nutritionists, psychologists, music therapy specialists, pet therapy and sports therapy specialists take care of the patients. The Palliative Care Unit has 22 beds. The relatives can also stay here overnight at any time. Those patients who want to receive palliative care at home are offered a special program for the organization of such care and training of relatives in the necessary therapeutic measures. The department's specialists provide round-the-clock support, continue to coordinate the treatment of the patient at home and regularly monitor his health status, as well as involve doctors from the related medical fields in the therapeutic process, if required.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Blood diseases
    • Malignant diseases
      • Acute and chronic leukemias
      • Lymphomas
    • Benign diseases
      • Impaired hematopoiesis (for example, anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia)
      • Bleeding disorders
  • Cancers
    • Lung cancer, lung metastases and cancers of other respiratory system
    • Gastrointestinal cancers, including colon cancer and pancreatic cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Female genital cancers
      • Cervical cancer
      • Endometrial cancer
      • Ovarian cancer
      • Vulvar cancer
    • Prostate cancer
  • Other pathologies

The department's range of therapeutic services includes:

  • Surgical resection of malignant solid tumors, including minimally invasive surgery and plastic reconstructive interventions (in collaboration with highly specialized surgeons)
  • Chemotherapy, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Combined chemoradiation therapy
  • Radiofrequency and microwave ablation
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Vaccination (within the framework of clinical trials, with the consent of the patient)
  • Drug treatment for pain management
  • Palliative care to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for the patients with advanced cancers
  • Psychological care
  • Other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • 2011 Member of the Academy of Cancer Immunology, New York, USA.
  • 2010 Assistant Professor, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, USA.
  • 2007 W3 Professorship for Oncology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2007 Advanced training in Palliative Care.
  • 2005 Invitation to the position of Director of the National Cancer Center at the Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg (rejected).
  • 2003 Chief Physician of the Department of Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2003 Director of the Clinical Research Center at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, New York.
  • 2003 Head of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main.
  • 1997 Habilitation in Internal Medicine. Subject: "Immune response to melanoma antigens: fundamentals for the development of antigen-specific immunotherapy".
  • 1997 Advanced training in Oncology and Hematology.
  • 1992 Advanced training in Internal Medicine.
  • 1992 - 1993 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main.
  • 1986 - 1992 Assistant Physician in the Department of Pathology at the University Hospital Mainz.
  • 1986 Doctoral thesis in Internal Medicine. Subject: "Study of protein fractions in the chymus after the introduction of lactalbumin under the influence of bitter substances", Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg.
  • 1979 - 1985 Study of Human Medicine at the Universities of Mainz, Würzburg and Cologne.

Teaching Career

  • Training students on a practical course at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
  • Lecture "Selected topics in hematology and oncology" and "Immunotherapy for tumors" for students at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Krankenhaus Nordwest

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