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Multimodality treatment of ovarian cancer with cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC (program ID: 650501)

Leverkusen Clinic

location_on Leverkusen, Germany
10/10 from 23 Votes
Specialized hospital
Kubilay Ertan

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Kubilay Ertan

Specialized in: gynecology, urogynecology, mammology, obstetrics

Department of Gynecology, Urogynecology, Mammology and Obstetrics

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 (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • abdominal ultrasound
  • CT/MRI or PET-CT examination of abdomen
  • preoperative care
  • cytoreductive surgery to remove visible tumors
    within the abdomen and HIPEC
  • histologically and immunohistochemically
    examination of removed tissue
  • symptomatic treatment
  • cost of essential medicines
  • nursing services
  • stay in the hospital with a full board
  • accommodation in a 2-bed room
  • elaboration further recommendations

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

The Department of Gynecology, Urogynecology, Mammology and Obstetrics at the Leverkusen Clinic offers the full range of high quality diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with diseases of the mammary glands, internal and external genitalia. The department's specialists are distinguished by their special competence in the treatment of oncological diseases of the female genital organs and breast cancer. The department has high-tech operating rooms for sparing surgical treatment, namely laparoscopic interventions and da Vinci robot-assisted surgery. The department is a Level I Perinatal Center, so it provides an integrated management of pregnancy, including high-risk pregnancies and multiple pregnancies, as well as a safe delivery and a postpartum care. The department delivers more than 1,800 babies every year. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Kubilay Ertan.

The department's gynecologists provide both diagnostics and treatment to patients with both benign gynecological diseases and malignancies of the female reproductive system. The most common benign diseases that the department's specialists have to deal with are uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, inflammatory and infectious processes of the female genital organs. The department provides effective treatment for uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer and vulvar cancer. Cancer is a particularly challenging clinical task, so the department's medical team prefers an interdisciplinary approach to therapy. The department regularly holds tumor boards with the participation of gynecologists, oncologists, surgeons, chemotherapists, radiation therapists and radiologists. The experts jointly consider each clinical case and individually elaborate an optimal treatment regimen. When treating cancers in patients of childbearing age, the doctors set themselves the goal of not only completely curing cancer, but also preserving reproductive function.

The department's team of gynecologists has an excellent technical infrastructure. The department offers diagnostic rooms with state-of-the-art ultrasound diagnostic systems, devices for video colposcopy, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and other studies. In addition, the patients are provided with the full range of laboratory tests of the highest quality. The department includes modern operating rooms fitted out with advanced equipment for performing sparing minimally invasive interventions and robotic operations using the innovative da Vinci Surgical System. The department's gynecologists successfully perform robot-assisted interventions to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, fallopian tube obstruction, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and other diseases. Today, such operations are the gold standard of surgery, since they have a number of benefits over classical open operations. These include minimal invasiveness, close to zero risk of developing infections, reduced blood loss, excellent cosmetic results due to the absence of large scars, mild pain, shortest hospitalization periods, and an early return to everyday life. In addition, the absence of the need to perform large incisions on the anterior abdominal wall helps to avoid pronounced adhesions, thanks to which a woman has a better chance of conceiving a child in the future.

Mammology is another important focus of the department's clinical activities. The specialists in this branch of medicine care about the health of the female breast. The key focus is on the treatment of breast cancer, which is one of the most common cancers in women. To prevent the disease, the department is also implementing a breast cancer screening program. The department's diagnostic capabilities in the field of mammology include such studies as digital mammography, high-resolution 3D breast sonography, CT and MRI scans, biopsy, etc. Breast cancer is treated in an interdisciplinary collaboration. A phased therapy plan is elaborated for each patient individually, taking into account her needs and wishes. If necessary, relatives can be involved in the therapeutic process, the patient and her family members are provided with competent psychological care aimed at overcoming an emotional distress after the diagnosis, as well as overcoming fears and worries about the upcoming treatment. The department's mammologists successfully use such breast cancer treatments as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, antibody therapy, surgical treatment, including reconstructive surgery after breast removal. The service range in the field of mammology is also complemented by breast augmentation and reduction surgeries, interventions to correct congenital anomalies of the mammary glands.

The department includes a specialized ​Pelvic Floor Center, whose priority task is the treatment of urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, inflammatory and infectious bladder diseases. The center is certified by the German Continence Society, which guarantees the provision of high quality medical care according to the highest standards. The center offers the very latest conservative and surgical treatments for the effective elimination of urogynecological pathologies of any severity.

As the Level I Perinatal Center, the department provides top-class services for pregnancy management, delivery and postpartum care for both mother and child. The specialists have a wealth of clinical experience in the management of high-risk pregnancies and multiple pregnancies. The main goal of the department's obstetricians-gynecologists is to provide a safe delivery in a pleasant and friendly environment. The department's delivery rooms are equipped with everything necessary for a safe natural childbirth. If desired, childbirth in water is possible. In case of complications, a caesarean section is performed. The department enjoys a reputation as one of the best maternity hospitals in the region and does everything possible to ensure that such an important event as the birth of a baby goes smoothly.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Gynecology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of benign diseases of the female genitalia
      • Uterine fibroids
      • Endometriosis
      • Cervical dysplasia
      • Ovarian cysts
      • Polycystic ovary syndrome
      • Menstrual disorders
      • Menopause and its manifestations
        • Drug treatment
      • Da Vinci robot-assisted surgery to remove uterine fibroids, debride endometriosis foci, form fallopian tube anastomosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant diseases of the female genitalia
    • Uterinecancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Vaginal cancer
    • Vulvar cancer
      • Laparoscopic surgery
      • Da Vinci robotic surgery
      • Chemotherapy
      • Radiation therapy
      • Hormone therapy
      • Antibody therapy
  • Mammology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of benign breast diseases
      • Inflammatory breast diseases
      • Congenital malformations of the breast
      • Benign neoplasms
        • Drug treatment
        • Surgical treatment
    • Diagnostics and treatment of breast malignancies
      • Breast cancer
        • Chemotherapy
        • Radiation therapy
        • Antibody therapy
        • Hormone therapy
        • Surgical removal of a breast tumor
        • Sentinel lymph node removal
        • Reconstructive interventions using implants and the patient's own tissues
  • Urogynecology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of urinary incontinence
    • Diagnostics and treatment of fecal incontinence
    • Diagnostics and treatment of chronic constipation
    • Diagnostics and treatment of inflammatory and infectious bladder diseases 
    • Diagnostics and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
      • Conservative treatment
        • Electrostimulation
        • Biofeedback (BFB therapy)
        • Drug treatment
        • Pessary therapy
        • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
      • Surgical treatment
        • Sling TVT and TVT-O surgical procedures, Burch colposuspension, urethral injections in the case of stress urinary incontinence; Botox injections in the case of urgent urinary incontinence
        • Surgical correction of pelvic organ prolapse
        • Corrective sphincter interventions and sacral nerve stimulation
        • Rectopexy, Altemeier procedure, Delorme's procedure and STARR procedure for impaired rectal emptying
  • Obstetrics
    • Integrated management of pregnancy, including high-risk pregnancies and multiple pregnancies
    • Delivery (natural childbirth and caesarean section)
    • Postpartum care for mother and baby
  • Other services

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education, Postgraduate Training and Professional Career

  • 09.09.1982 Study of Human Medicine, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.
  • 28.04.1983 Study of Human Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • 03.03.1984 Study of Human Medicine, Heidelberg University.
  • 1988 - 1989 Practical training, Department of Gynecology, General Medicine and Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 30.05.1989 III State Exam, Heidelberg University.
  • 15.08.1989 Internship, Department of Gynecology, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • 01.03.1990 Internship, Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Saarland Homburg.
  • 16.10.1992 Doctoral thesis defense, magna cum laude, Venia legendi in Gynecology and Obstetrics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg University.
  • 29.03.1994 Admission to medical practice.
  • 01.03.1999 Senior Physician, Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Saarland Homburg.
  • Since 01.12.2003 Deputy Head of the Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Saarland Homburg.
  • 17.12.2004 Habilitation.
  • 07.12.2012 Extraordinary Professorship, Saarland University.

Advanced Training Courses

  • 29.05.1998 Level II Accreditation of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM) in Gynecology and Obstetrics.
  • 20.06.1998 Certificate of Competency in Radiation Protection.
  • 09.07.1998 Board certification in Gynecology and Obstetrics.
  • 15.04.2000 First Trimester Screening License, King's College London.
  • 15.04.2000 Certificate of Competency in Sonography of the Fetus, Female Genitals and Mammary Glands.
  • 24.10.2000 Certificate of Competency in Breast Sonography.
  • 24.10.2000 Certificate of Competency in Fetal Vascular Sonography.
  • 24.10.2000 Certificate of Competency in Female Genital Vascular Sonography.
  • Since 01.06.2002 Head of the Section of Prenatal Diagnostics and Therapy, Sonography of the Breast and Female Genitals, Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Saarland Homburg.
  • 14.03.2005 - 18.03.2005 Fellowship for Breast Surgery.
  • 22.08.2006 Optional advanced training courses in Obstetrics and Perinatal Medicine, Medical Association of Saarland.
  • 27.09.2006 - 27.11.2006 Visiting Fellow at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of San Francisco, the Prenatal Center Pasadena in Los Angeles County and the University of California San Diego.
  • 17.01.2007 Optional advanced training courses in Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Association of Saarland.

Awards and Honors

  • 07.10.2000 Best Newcomer of the 10th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 26.02.2004 Research Grant in Prenatal Medicine, Doctors Gunter and Anemarie Haackert Foundation.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Since 1988 Association of Doctors of State Hospitals in Germany.
  • 1989 - 1991 Berlin Society of Turkish Doctors.
  • Since 1990 German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG).
  • Since 1991 Medical Association of Saarland.
  • Since 1991 German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).
  • Since 1991 Istanbul Medical Chamber.
  • Since 1991 Working Group on Dopplerography, Maternal and Fetal Medicine (AGDMFM).
  • Since 1991 Professional Association of Gynecologists.
  • Since 1991 International Perinatal Doppler Society.
  • Since 1992 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
  • Since 1994 International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians.
  • Since 1995 Board Member and Secretary of the Turkish-German Gynecological Association (DTGG).
  • Since 1996 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Since 1996 New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Since 1997 Turkish Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Since 1998 German Society of Prenatal Medicine and Obstetrics (DGPGM).
  • Since 1998 Middle Rhine Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (MGGG).
  • Since 1999 German Society of Perinatal Medicine.
  • Since 2001 International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).
  • Since 2004 German-Turkish Medical Society (DTM).
  • Since 2004 North-Eastern German Society of Gynaecologic Oncology.
  • Since 2004 European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)
  • Since 2006 German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • Since 2006 Educational Committee of European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM).
  • Since 2006 Working Group on Gynecological Oncology (AGO).
  • Since 2007 Lower Rhine-Westphalian Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
  • Since 2007 Medical Association of North Rhine.
  • Since 2007 Association of Chief Physicians of German Hospitals.
  • Since 2008 Board Member of the German-Turkish Medical Society of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Since 2008 European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM).
  • SInce 2009 German Society of Senology.
  • Since 2010 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
  • Since 2010 Working Group on Gynecological Endoscopy (AGE).
  • Since 2010 Working Group on Gynecological Endoscopy (AGE).
  • Since 2010 Founder and Chairman of the Working Group on Robotic Surgery in Gynecology (ARCGyn).
  • Since 2011 German Continence Society.
  • Since 2011 Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery (SERGS).
  • Since 2011 Since 2011 Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).
  • Since 2012 Examination Board of the Medical Association of North Rhine in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, focus on Obstetrics and Perinatal Medicine.
  • Since 2014 German Society for Fetal Development.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Leverkusen


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