Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 29 Votes

Department of Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Infectology (590814)

Martin Bentz

Prof. Dr. med.

Martin Bentz

Specialized in: oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplantation, infectology

About the Department of Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Infectology at Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

The Department of Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Infectology at the Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe provides high-quality diagnostics and treatment in the areas of its specialization. The department provides the full range of medical services to the patients suffering from blood diseases, oncological diseases of the internal organs and infectious pathologies. Of particular interest is the treatment of leukemia, lymphomas, drug therapy of solid malignant tumors, as well as palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced stages of cancer. The department's team of doctors also successfully performs autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplant procedures. In total, the department has 75 beds for the hospitalization of its patients. The treatment is provided in rooms with state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to which chemotherapy and other infusion procedures are carried out in the most comfortable conditions for the patient. All therapeutic interventions meet the standardized protocols of the professional societies. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Martin Bentz.

The department includes a unit specializing in high-dose chemotherapy with the subsequent autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, an intensive care unit, an ultrasound diagnostic room, a large hematology laboratory, and a palliative care unit. In December 2014, a Day Therapy Center (TagesTherapieZentrum) was opened to admit outpatients. This facility offers excellent conditions for chemotherapy and infusion therapy.

The department is part of the Cancer Center Karlsruhe, which brings together highly qualified specialists from various medical disciplines to provide optimal care for cancer patients. This center undergoes regular independent quality inspections and is certified by the German Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology. The center holds weekly interdisciplinary tumor boards, during which the doctors discuss each clinical case in detail and determine the most effective treatment tactics. The Cancer Center Karlsruhe participates in national and international clinical trials of innovative treatment methods, which allows them to be quickly introduced into the department's clinical practice.

To treat solid tumors, the department's doctors use conservative treatment methods, surgical interventions (they are performed by specialized surgeons), various types of radiation therapy, as well as innovative interventional procedures. Each treatment regimen is thought out down to the smallest detail and is aimed at the complete cure of the patient or the achievement of a long-term remission, and if possible, also includes sparing therapeutic procedures. Patients receive competent psychological care. They also have the opportunity to share their experiences and fears with other patients within self-help groups, which contributes to a positive attitude towards treatment. The patients with advanced stages of cancer receive palliative care, which allows them to have a decent quality of life, as well as get rid of a severe pain syndrome caused by cancer progression. The palliative care unit has 12 beds. The doctors of this unit also hold consultations and provide outpatient services in palliative care.

In the field of hematology, the most demanded treatment method is high-dose chemotherapy, which is often combined with an autologous or allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Such treatment is usually provided to patients with leukemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. Since 1996, the department's specialists have performed more than 550 autologous bone marrow transplant procedures, and in 2009 they also began to perform allogeneic bone marrow transplantation – about 140 procedures of this kind have been performed over the entire period of the department's clinical practice. The doctors of the healthcare facility specializing in stem cell transplantation are rightfully proud of the results of their work. The department has the European certificate JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee of the ISCT and the EBMT), which is considered the most prestigious international recognition for Bone Marrow Transplantation Centers.

In the field of infectology, the department offers the diagnostics and treatment of all infectious diseases, including tropical infections. The department has unique achievements in the treatment of patients with HIV and AIDS. The doctors of this medical speciality also successfully deal with the treatment of tuberculosis, meningitis and hepatitis. The rooms for patients with infectious diseases are equipped with special ventilation systems, which ensures high safety standards for the treatment of patients with contagious diseases.

The department's main clinical activities include:

  • Oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of solid malignant tumors: bowel, stomach, kidney, lung cancers, etc.
      • Conservative treatment
      • Interventional procedures and surgical interventions (in cooperation with the specialized doctors)
      • Radiation therapy (in collaboration with radiation therapists)
      • Palliative care in the advanced stages of oncopathology
  • Hematology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of blood diseases: leukemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma
      • High-dose chemotherapy with an autologous or allogeneic bone marrow transplantation
  • Infectology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases: tuberculosis, meningitis, hepatitis, HIV and AIDS, tropical infections
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Photo of the doctor: (c) Städtische Klinikum Karlsruhe

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