University Hospital Essen
Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation (290006)
Dietrich W. Beelen
Specialized in: bone marrow transplantation
The Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Essen University Hospital is a separate medical institution of the West German Cancer Center (WTZE), which performs hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to treat primarily malignant, as well as benign diseases of the bone marrow and lymphatic system. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich W. Beelen, specialist in the field of internal medicine, hematology and internal oncology. The Department is the largest European health care facility, specializing in the allogeneic stem cell transplantation from related and unrelated donors. Since 2010, the Department has been an active center of the professional association for cancer cell therapy in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The range of medical services of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Essen University Hospital includes all aspects of patient care, research and academic teaching in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The allogeneic stem cell transplantation for malignant and benign hematological systemic diseases makes up the main clinical and scientific focus of the Department. The main treatment focus is on acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, malignant tumors and aplastic syndromes.
One more focus of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich W. Beelen is patient's own hematopoietic stem cell transplantation after myeloablative preliminary therapy (causing an irreversible disorder of the bone marrow).
The field of patient care offers all services from the determination of indications, consultations, preparation and inpatient treatment up to a long-term monitoring of patients by the medical staff of the Department. In addition to the specialized laboratory diagnosis, an integral part of the range of services of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Essen University Hospital is the production of stem cell based drugs and other products for cell therapy.
The Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Essen University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich W. Beelen is part of the development program of the West German Cancer Center “Cancer Centers of Excellence”. It is involved in the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTD), initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Cancer Society.
The focuses of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Essen University Hospital are:
- Allogeneic stem cell transplantation, including pediatric patients
- Autologous stem cell transplantation, including pediatric patients
- Follow-up care
- Production of stem cell based drugs
- Transplantation diagnosis
- Essen, Germany