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Department of Radiation Therapy - Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

Gummersbach, Germany
Department id # 284609
Doctor photo
Dr. med. Peter Vacha
Department of Radiation Therapy
Specialized in: radiation therapy

About the Department of Radiation Therapy at Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

The Department of Radiation Therapy at the Hospital Gummersbach Oberberg offers a wide range of therapeutic radiation modalities for the treatment of malignant and benign diseases. The department's team of radiation therapists focuses on patients with oncological diseases of various sites. Radiation therapy is also successfully performed here to treat inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. A team of experienced doctors, technical assistants, and qualified nursing staff provides top-class treatment. In most cases, treatment is provided on an outpatient basis, but if necessary, the patient can be admitted to the hospital. The department's specialists work with state-of-the-art equipment that allows for the use of minimal radiation doses and better targeting while minimizing side effects. The department is equipped with two linear accelerators with a multileaf collimator from Varian with the ability to perform intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy, a brachytherapy system (Nucletron/Elekta), three 3D radiation therapy planning systems (Oncentra), a Zeiss IntraBeam device for intraoperative irradiation of breast tumors and bone metastases, and other devices. The department's radiation therapists participate in weekly tumor boards, where they work with other specialists to develop personalized treatment regimens for each patient. The specialists regularly demonstrate excellent treatment results, which have earned the department a reputation as one of the best in its field in Germany. The department is headed by Dr. med. Peter Vacha.

Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy is one of the most effective methods to fight cancer. The department's team of doctors has at its disposal state-of-the-art equipment, with the help of which almost all modern types of radiation therapy can be performed here. The primary clinical interest for the specialists is to provide radiation therapy for patients with malignant tumors in various locations. The department most often performs radiation therapy for breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck tumors. The goal of the department's radiation therapists is to irradiate cancer based on an individually developed regimen, taking into account the diagnosis and stage of the oncological process. At the planning stage of radiation therapy, the specialists at the medical facility attach great importance not only to the effectiveness of the upcoming treatment but also to the minimization of the side effects of irradiation.

In 2022, the department put into operation the Halcyon external beam radiation therapy system, an innovative development of the American company Varian Medical Systems. Currently, only a few radiation therapy centers in Germany have such equipment. The Halcyon system enables high-precision irradiation of malignant neoplasms in various locations with excellent results. In addition, with its help, the procedure takes a minimum amount of time: the specialists need only 10 minutes to position the patient on the machine table, analyze the CT scans with the integrated cone beam CT scanner, and carry out the radiation therapy itself.

Radiation therapists work hand in hand with oncologists and surgeons to take into account all the specifics of a patient's clinical case and determine the advisability of radiation therapy in a given situation. The specialists meet on weekly tumor boards to discuss the best treatment options for patients. If a cancer patient is indicated for radiation therapy, the department's doctors conduct individual consultations to discuss in detail possible radiation therapy options and expected outcomes. The patient then undergoes special CT scans, the results of which are used by the specialists to plan an individualized radiation treatment plan. In most cases, treatment is done on an outpatient basis. The patient is under the close supervision of physicians who monitor his or her general condition and treatment results over time. The department's specialists work with advanced equipment that allows them to target the tumor with millimeter precision without affecting healthy adjacent tissues and organs.

The department's team of doctors excels in performing percutaneous 3D conformal radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and intraoperative radiation therapy. All of these radiation therapy methods are highly effective and help to successfully fight cancer. In addition, the department offers low-dose radiation to treat inflammatory or degenerative joint diseases.

The department offers the following types of radiation therapy:

  • Percutaneous 3D conformal radiation therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer
  • Combined chemoradiotherapy
  • Contact irradiation (afterloading technique) for gynecological tumors
  • Intraoperative irradiation of metastases in the thoracic and lumbar spine before mechanical stabilization (kyphoplasty with intraoperative radiation therapy)
  • Low-dose radiation therapy for inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases
  • Other therapeutic options

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Oberberg GmbH