University Hospital Essen
Department of Proton Therapy (289987)
Specialized in: proton therapy
The team of the Department of Proton Therapy under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Beate Timmermann provides proton treatment within the framework of the West German Proton Therapy Center in Essen (WPE). WPE is one of the leading institutions in the field of proton radiation therapy in Germany and one of the most advanced Proton Therapy Centers in the world. The Department of Proton Therapy at the Essen University Hospital treats patients with tumors in the sensitive areas of the human body, which are difficult to operate or are inoperable at all.
Around 100 000 people all around the world have already been successfully treated by protons, in particular, those with tumors of the eye, brain, spine and pelvis. Due to lower loads on the sensitive, immature tissues, proton therapy has potential advantages in the treatment of tumors in children.
Therefore, within the framework of the Proton Therapy Center at the Essen University Hospital, the treatment is focused on children, including even the smallest ones (up to the age of 5). Nowadays the treatment is primarily focused on brain tumors and sarcomatous tumors in the skull base or head/neck, spine and pelvis. Since January 2015, the Department of Proton Therapy Center at the Essen University Hospital has offered proton radiation for the entire central nervous system (craniospinal treatment).
The Department of Proton Therapy maintains close cooperation with other departments and institutes of the Essen University Hospital. Within the educational and scientific research program, oncology has made up one of the focuses of the Essen University Hospital for many years. The Department of Proton Therapy under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Beate Timmermann is part of the largest highly specialized German Cancer Centre – the West German Cancer Centre (WTZ).
The West German Proton Therapy Center at the Essen University Hospital covers a wide range of services:
Tumors in childhood:
- Parameningeal / craniofacial tumors
Tumors in adulthood:
- I or II stage gliomas
- Pituitary adenomas
- Ependymomas, medulloblastomas, stPNET, germinomas (craniospinal treatment as well)
- Chordomas/chondrosarcomas of the skull base, spine and pelvis
- Sarcomas of bones, soft tissues, skull base, spine and pelvis
- Nasopharyngeal cancer
- Paranasal sinus cancer
- Progressive pelvic tumors with lymph efflux disorders
- Salivary gland cancer
- Adenoid cystic carcinomas
- Prostate cancer (intermediate and high risk)
- Complex relapses
- Essen, Germany