Radiotherapy of germ cell tumor of the ovary (dysgerminoma) (program ID: 291989)

University Hospital Essen

location_on Essen, Germany
9.6/10 from 23 Votes
Specialized hospital
Martin Stuschke

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Martin Stuschke

Specialized in: radiation therapy

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy

The program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • inflammation indicators
    • indicators of blood coagulation
  • CT / MRI of the abdomen and retroperitoneum
  • abdominal and retroperitoneal ultrasound scan
  • full curse of radiotherapy
  • nursing services
  • consultations of related specialists
  • explanation of individual treatment plan

How program is carried out

During the first visit, the doctor will conduct a clinical examination and go through the results of previous laboratory tests and instrumental examinations. After that, you will undergo an additional examination, including complete blood count, laboratory assessment of liver and kidney function. Based on the received results, the physician will conduct radiotherapy planning with the help of CT or MRI, make the permanent tattoo marks on the skin and conduct CT simulation in order to assess the accuracy of the rays and the radiation dose. If necessary, related medical specialists will be involved in the elaboration of a treatment regimen (tumor board).

Radiation therapy is carried out as the day hospital procedure, without mandatory admission to the hospital. At each visit, the physician will assess your general condition and the marks on the skin. After that, you will be placed in a shielded radiation therapy room, on a special table.

Each radiation therapy session lasts less than half an hour (including preparation). All this time, doctors and nurses are monitoring your condition, you can communicate with them through a loudspeaker. The procedure is completely painless. Depending on the planned course of treatment, you will visit the hospital from 1 to 3-5 times a week.

After the completion of the radiation therapy course, you will undergo control examinations aimed at assessing your condition and efficacy of treatment. After that you will receive the medical report with detailed recommendations regarding further follow-up and treatment. In the future, you will be able to have a distant consultation with your attending physician and schedule the next course of treatment, if necessary.

Required documents:

  • Medical records
  • MRI/CT scan (not older than 3 months)
  • Biopsy results (if available)
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About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Essen ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy!

The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of various benign and malignant diseases. The focus is on multimodal interdisciplinary therapy of lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sarcomas, malignant lymphomas and tumors in children. The stereotactic radiation therapy is available in the department for the targeted treatment of brain tumors. The department treats more than 1,500 inpatients and about 4,300 outpatients every year, which is the indisputable evidence of the outstanding quality of provided medical services. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Martin Stuschke.

The treatment is carried out on the state-of-art medical equipment, for example, a tomotherapy device for carrying out imaging-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy, powerful linear accelerators. In addition, the department's specialists have devices for providing radiation therapy using the Afterloading method, telecobalt devices for carrying out the whole-body irradiation prior to bone marrow transplantation. The department works in close cooperation with the West German Cancer Center Essen, which also provides regular interdisciplinary consultations for patients.

It should be noted that in addition to the classic types of radiation, the department offers all the possibilities for performing radiosurgical interventions (stereotactic surgery), as well as fractionated stereotactic irradiation of the brain. The department's physicians have a wide experience in the treatment of brain metastases, as well as benign tumors (for example, pituitary adenoma). Also, the stereotactic methods are widely used in order to provide treatment at the early stages of lung cancer, metastases, liver and bile ducts tumors The stereotactic therapy requires careful planning, which is ensured with the use of a combined PET-CT method, special magnetic resonance imaging and other techniques.

The department specializes in the following types of radiation therapy:

  • 3D conformal radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Tomotherapy
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy (BrainLAB System)
  • Brachytherapy
    • Intracavitary brachytherapy
    • Interstitial brachytherapy
  • Exposure planning using modern CT scanner, MRI and the combined PET-CT technique
  • Total body irradiation before bone marrow transplantation
  • Other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae


  • 1983 Doctor of Medicine, University of Duesseldorf, Germany.

Professional Career

  • 1984 - 1989 Resident, University of Essen, Germany.
  • 1989 - 1993 Staff Member, Department of radiation Oncology.
  • 1993 - 1998 Lecturer.
  • 1998 - 2000 Professorship in Radiation Oncology, Charité Humboldt University, Berlin.
  • Since 2000 Professor of Radiation Oncology and Chief Physician of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Essen.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.
  • European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.


  • 1989 Paul Krause Award of the North Rhine-Westphalian Society of Radiology.
  • 1993 Röntgen Prize of the German Radiological Society.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Essen 

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