RPTC - Rinecker Proton Therapy Center

Munich, Germany

Proton therapy of brain tumor (program ID: 251491)

Barbara Bachtiary

Prof. Dr. med.

Barbara Bachtiary

Centre of Proton Therapy

Specialized in: internal medicine, proton therapy

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Improves the probability of a cure. The targeted bundling of the proton energy directly within the tumor reduces the total radiation delivered to healthy tissue to only one-third or less, depending on the relevant tumor geometry, in comparision to X-ray radiation with the same tumor dose. This enables a higher therapeutic dose to be used so tumor cells can be reliably destroyed. Theoretically, this means the probability of a cure rises in unmetastasized tumors. Currently, with chordomas of the skull e.g. the rate from 20 to 55% “local control rates” with x-rays raises to 70 till 80% with protons (see e.g. Scientific Report 2007 of the PSI Paul Scherrer Institute in Villingen, Switzerland). Analysis of more than 2,000 proton therapy patients showed that 98% were cured (Ocular melanomas, references ibid.).“

Fewer, less severe side effects. Radiotherapy is frequently so hard on the body that hospitalization is necessary. However, the favorable ratio of useful radiation to damaging radiation in proton therapy allows medical personnel to increase the therapeutic dose, which is limited due to side effects, while simultaneously reducing the dose deposited in healthy tissue. Proton radiation is relatively well tolerated and can usually be administered on an outpatient basis. This also substantially reduces the risk of a secondary tumor later on. With conventional radiotherapy, radiation-induced tumors occur at a rate as high as 1% per year. This is why there is a global agreement that children requiring radiation treatment must undergo proton therapy.

More treatment options. The radiation-free zone behind the tumor means proton radiation can be used on forms of cancer where conventional radiation is too risky, such as tumors near the spinal cord or brain stem, bronchial carcinoma (lung cancer), or multiple metastases. For example, it is possible to target the retina without damaging the optic nerve or the portion of the brain behind the eye.

Reduced treatment time. Often, fewer sessions are required than for X-ray radiation because proton therapy permits higher doses at each session. This reduces the burden on the patient and facilitates shorter treatment times.

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
  • PET-CT (if indicated)
  • MRI scan
  • proton therapy (full course)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment via head doctor and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
  • accommodation in clinical apartment up to 2 persons
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About hospital

The RINECKER PROTON THERAPY CENTER (RPTC) located in Munich is the first European proton radiation center for outpatient treatment of tumors to offer a complete hospital setting. Established by Munich-based surgeon Dr. Hans Rinecker, Ph.D., the long-term goal is to set up additional facilities in other cities and countries.The RPTC has been in clinical operation since March 2009 and is designed to treat up to 4000 patients annually. It is available to patients with statutory or private health insurance. It is approved to irradiate all tumors previously treated with X-ray radiation as well as according to international proton therapy regimens. “Research” or “experiments” are not conducted at the RINECKER PROTON THERAPY CENTER!

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.