Chemotherapy for germ cell tumors of the ovary (dysgerminoma) (1 course) (program ID: 209751)

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

location_on Aachen, Germany
8.7/10 from 41 Votes
Specialized hospital
Edgar Jost

Head Physician
PD Dr. med.

Edgar Jost

Specialized in: oncology, hematology

Department of Oncology and Hematology

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 scan / MRI of the abdomen and retriperitoneum
  • abdominal and retroperitoneal ultrasound scan
  • 1 course of chemotherapy
  • 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 laboratory assessment of liver and kidney function, ultrasound scan. Based on the received results, the doctor will elaborate the chemotherapy regimen. If necessary, related medical specialists will be involved in the elaboration of a treatment regimen (tumor board).

Chemotherapy is carried out as the day hospital procedure, without mandatory admission to the hospital. After the placement of a venous catheter, you will stay in a comfortable ward. An infusion system will be connected to the catheter, through which the required drug or a drug combination will be administered. All drugs are administered by intravenous drip, slowly, so the total duration of the infusion can be up to several hours. All this time, doctors and nurses will monitor your health condition closely.

After the course of chemotherapy, you will stay under medical supervision in the ward for a few more hours. If your general condition is good, your doctor will allow you to leave the hospital. You will receive the medical report with detailed recommendations regarding further treatment. In the future, you will be able to have a distant consultation with your attending physician and schedule the next course of chemotherapy, 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

The Department of Oncology and Hematology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen offers accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of benign and malignant blood diseases, as well as solid tumors. The department's specialists are proud of the excellent results in the field of bone marrow transplantation, which is among the department’s priority focuses. The department has 61 beds. Medical care is carried out both on an outpatient and inpatient basis. The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Edgar Jost.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of leukemias and lymphomas, as well as aplastic syndromes, mast cell diseases and myeloproliferative neoplasms. The priorities of inpatient medical care are the treatment of acute leukemias and high-dose chemotherapy. In the field of solid tumor treatment, the department is known for systemic therapy of lung cancer, head and neck tumors, sarcomas, etc. In addition, the standard services include supportive treatment and systematic psycho-oncological consultations.

The department cooperates closely with the Euregional Comprehensive Cancer Center Aachen. Therefore, the department has an access to the very latest diagnostic and treatment methods, as well as the opportunity to engage all the necessary specialists to the treatment process. The therapy of cancers requires particularly professional and comprehensive approach, and therefore the treatment strategy for each patient is developed individually with the participation of oncologists, radiologists, radiation therapists, specialized doctors (for example, otolaryngologists, orthopedists), etc. The psycho-oncological care also plays an important role in the treatment process, since when the patients hear the diagnosis of cancer, they often lose heart and cannot cope with an emotional stress on their own. If desired, the treatment within the clinical trials is possible.

The department provides the diagnostics and treatment of the following pathologies:

  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Acute myeloid leukemias
  • Chronic myeloid leukemias
  • Aplastic syndromes (for example, aplastic anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria)
  • Hereditary and acquired anemias
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative neoplasms (for example, essential thrombocythemia, true polycythemia, primary myelofibrosis)
  • Brain tumors
  • Lymphomas of the central nervous system 
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphomas
  • Melanomas (choroidal, metastatic melanomas)
  • Other diseases

Photo of the doctor: (c) Uniklinik RWTH Aachen 

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