University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
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Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy (292217)

Mechthild Krause

Prof. Dr. med.

Mechthild Krause

Specialized in: radiation therapy, radiation oncology and proton therapy

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy! 

The department offers the full range of modern radiation therapy at the highest medical and technological level. As the largest medical facility of its kind in Eastern Saxony, the department provides treatment for about 2,300 cancer patients each year, 550 of which are inpatients. In total, the department has about 110 employees, including 26 doctors, 14 physicists, 22 radiological assistants, 22 nurses and 28 employees of various specialties (in Research Laboratories of Radiation Biology and other sections). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Mechthild Krause, who is one of the leading European experts in the field of proton and photon therapy.

Inpatient treatment focuses on various combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy methods. Outpatient treatment is mostly practiced for prostate and breast tumors in women, as well as brain tumors. The outpatient treatment is also partially conducted in the Radiotherapy Unit located at the Medical Care Center (MVZ). The state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as the introduction of the very latest medical advances ensure optimal treatment programs and radiation technologies. All the specialists involved in the treatment process set a goal to choose an individually adapted treatment for each patient taking into account all his wishes and needs. The department closely cooperates with the adjacent departments of the hospital, including the University Cancer Center, the Center for Innovative Experience in Radiation Research in Oncology ("OncoRay").

An important clinical focus of the department is proton therapy. Since 2014, the department has a specialized Unit of Proton Therapy, in which patients are provided with the innovative and most sparing radiation technologies. Proton therapy is characterized by its exceptional exposure accuracy and, to date, it has been widely recognized internationally. This type of therapy is most effective in treating soft tissue and bone tumors (for example, chordoma, chondrosarcoma), many tumors in children, especially brain tumors, salivary gland tumors (in particular, adenoid cystic carcinoma), tumors located in the immediate vicinity of the important organs, such as skull base or spinal cord, as well as eye tumors.

The department specializes in the following types of radiation therapy:

  • Remote irradiation
    • 3D conformal radiation therapy
    • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
    • Imaging-guided radiation therapy
    • Tomotherapy
    • Intraoperative radiation therapy
  • Contact radiation therapy
    • Brachytherapy
    • Afterloading therapy
    • Selective internal radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Proton therapy
  • Other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Qualifications

  • 1994 - 2000 Study of Medicine at the Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden).
  • 2002 Doctorate (Dr. med.), Department of Radiation Oncology, TU Dresden.
  • 12/2007 Venia Legendi, TU Dresden.
  • 02/2008 Private Lecturer, TU Dresden.
  • 07/2013 Professor for Translational Radiation Oncology.

Main Areas of Professional Interest / Specialisation

  • Brain tumors, breast tumors.

Professional Experience

  • 2000 - 2001 Postdoc, Radiobiological laboratory, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Dresden, TU Dresden.
  • 2001 - 2006 Residency, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

Clinical Experience

  • 2006 Senior Physician, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, University Hospital Dresden.
  • Since 2007, Responsible Medical Specialist (breast-, brain-, and gynecological carcinomas).
  • Since 2013, Responsible Medical Specialist for clinical and translational studies and for brain tumors.
  • Since 2016, Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

Research Appointments

  • 2007 Group leader "Radiobiology and experimental Radiotherapy of Tumors", Visiting Scientist, Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto.
  • 2007 - 2009 Responsible Medical Specialist (breast-, brain- and, gynecological carcinomas).
  • Since 2009, Senior Physician, responsible of breast-, brain- and, gynecological carcinomas.
  • Since 2012, Acting Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Dresden.
  • Since 2013, Full professorship for Translational Radiation Research.

Research Interests

  • Biological individualization of radiotherapy, evaluation of particle radiotherapy.


  • European SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) – Clinical Committee.
  • German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).

Honors and Awards

  • Carl Gustav Carus Advancement Award of the TU Dresden (2002).
  • VARIAN – Juliana Denekamp Award of the European SocieTy for Radiotherapy Oncology (ESTRO) (2005).
  • Hermann-Holthusen-Award of the DEGRO (2009).

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