Radiotherapy in Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease) (program ID: 364586)

Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld

Specialized hospital
Gerhard A. Horstmann

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Gerhard A. Horstmann

Specialized in: gamma knife, radiotherapy

Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center

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 blood coagulation
  • ultrasound
  • CT/MRI scan
  • 28 courses of radiotherapy 
  • control examinations
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • consultation of related specialists
  • explanation of individual treatment plan


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About the department

The Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld specializes in the stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiation therapy for benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, vascular malformations, as well as metastases in various organs (for example, in the liver, lungs, spine). The center has the most up-to-date equipment for stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiation therapy – Perfexion Gamma Knife and Axesse Linear Accelerator.

Founded in 1998, the center enjoys an excellent reputation among medical specialists and patients from all over the world. Since its opening, more than 3,500 outpatient and inpatient stereotactic radiosurgical operations with the Gamma Knife and more than 7,000 successful stereotactic radiation therapy courses have been performed here. Due to the high accuracy and effectiveness of the intervention, the Gamma Knife method is recognized as the gold standard of modern surgery. A single procedure, which is usually outpatient, without hospitalization, is enough to provide effective treatment. Before the procedure, either tomography (CT, NMR) or angiography is performed to precisely determined the area to be exposed, after which an individual radiation plan is created with the help of a specialized computer system for radiation planning. To do this, during the tomography or angiography, a special "stereotaxic frame" with a coordinate system is additionally used –  this allows to fix the location of the tumor or metastases with the best possible accuracy. The obtained coordinates are carefully observed during the Gamma Knife radiation, which eliminates errors when directing the beam. For more precise development of the radiation plan, in particular, when working with the Axesse Linear Accelerator, doctors can form 3D and 4D images of the necessary parts of the body, which is another unique feature of stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy in the Gamma Knife Center.

The most important peculiarity of this clinic lies in the innovative technologies of targeted radiotherapy,  thanks to which healthy tissues can be completely removed from the radiation zone. At the same time, tumors and their metastases are removed with an accuracy of up to 0,3 mm, which makes it possible to consider radiation therapy a "gold standard" and a completely independent treatment method for oncological diseases.

The Perfexion Gamma Knife and Axesse Linear Accelerator, which are used in the center, provide patients with a number of advantages over conventional surgical procedures for the removal of tumors and metastases:

  • The need for only a single treatment procedure.
  • High, but extremely targeted, radiation dose – in a millimeter from the Gamma Knife beam, ionizing radiation becomes safe for surrounding healthy tissues.
  • Non invasive procedure –  lack of trepanation.
  • Non-traumatic procedure –  there is no need to make skin incisions, drainage installation, etc.
  • Lack of risks due to the surgical intervention – bleeding, traumatization of vital centers of the brain, etc.
  • Minimal exposure risks (nausea, vomiting, headache) that only last for several days.
  • Short period of time to perform the procedure – from 45 to 120 minutes, depending on the type of tumor and its location.
  • An outpatient procedure or a short hospital stay for follow-up after treatment.
  • Possibility of conducting a repeated procedure in the development of a tumor in another part of the body.
  • Lack of the need for rehabilitation after treatment, the opportunity to quickly return to everyday life.

The center employs highly qualified surgeons, radiologists and a caring medical staff, who always  response a patient and take into account their wishes.

In addition, the Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Krefeld is the only medical facility in the world with the quality management of the entire medical treatment process, including its results.

The service range of the center includes:

Brain tumors:

  • Metastases
  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic neuromas (schwannomas)
  • Neurinomas of other cranial nerves (for example,of the facial one)
  • Brain nerve neurinomas
  • Pituitary adenomas (microadenomas, macroadenomas)
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • And other types of tumors

Head / neck cancer:

  • Jaw tumors
  • Salivary gland tumor
  • Tongue tumors
  • Pharyngeal and laryngeal tumors
  • Tumors of the cervical esophagus
  • Tumors of the nose and paranasal sinuses
  • And other types of tumors

Vascular malformations:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Glomus tumors of the head
  • Cavernous hemangiomas
  • And other types of tumors

Eye and orbit tumors:

  • Melanoma
  • Choroidal hemangioma
  • Conjunctival tumors
  • Eyelid tumors
  • Orbit tumors
  • And other types of tumors

Tumors of other localizations:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer in the early stages
  • Spinal tumors
  • And other types of tumors


  • Brain metastases
  • Head and neck metastases
  • Orbit metastases
  • Lung metastases
  • Spinal cord metastases
  • Liver metastases
  • Spinal metastases
  • Metastases of more rare localizations

Functional disorders:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • And other diseases


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