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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

Dresden, Germany


Department of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy


Mechthild Krause

Prof. Dr. med.

Mechthild Krause

Specialized in: radiation therapy, radiation oncology and proton therapy

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Professional experience / appointments:

  • 2000 – 2001 Postdoc, Radiobiological laboratory, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Dresden, TUD
  • 2001 – 2006 Residency, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Universiy Hospital C. G. Carus Dresden

Clinical experience:

  • 2006 Consultant, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, UKD
  • since 2007 Responsible Medical Specialist (breast-, brain-, and gynaecological carcinomas)
  • since 2013 responsible medical specialist for clinical and translational studies and for brain tumours

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, gynaecological carcinomas)
  • since 2009 Oberärztin, responsible of breast-, brain- and, gynaecological carcinomas
  • since 2012 acting head, Dept. of radiation oncology, UKD
  • since 2013 full professorship for Translational Radiation Research

Research interests:

  • Biological individualisation of radiotherapy, evaluation of particle radiotherapy
  • Professional membership & associations:
  • Member of ESTRO-Clinical committee, member of DEGRO

Honours and awards:

  • Carl Gustav Carus Förderpreis der TUD (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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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Krause+Mechthild

The Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers You the entire spectrum of modern radiation therapy at the highest medical and technological level.  Since 1st November 2016, the Department has been headed by Prof. Dr. med. Mechthild Krause, one of the leading European experts in the field of proton and photon therapy. As the largest Radiation Oncology Center of Eastern Saxony, the Department annually treats 1,800 cancer patients, 450 of them are inpatients. The Department is staffed with a total of 100 employees, including 15 physicians, 7 physicists, 15 radiology assistants, 22 nurses and 28 employees with different specializations (in the Radiological Biology Research Laboratories and other sections of the Department). According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy!  

The inpatient treatment at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden is focused on various programs combining both radio- and chemotherapies. Prostate and breast cancer, as well as brain tumors are usually treated on an outpatient basis. The outpatient treatment is partially provided in the Section of Radiation Therapy that is part of the Medical Care Center (MVZ). The optimal treatment programs and radiation technologies are insured by the state-of-the-art equipment of the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, as well as by the introduction of achievements in the field of biology. The key objective of all specialists under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Mechthild Krause involved in the treatment process is to provide each patient with the customized treatment including all his/her wishes and needs. Within the framework of the University Cancer Center, the institution maintains tight cooperation with all other related Departments of the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden. In addition, there is close collaboration with the scientists of the Center for Innovative Competence for Radiation Research in Omncology (OncoRay). 

Proton therapy makes up a special focus of the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden. 
The proton therapy is a very accurate radiation method that has been significantly developed in recent years. The opportunities for sparing radiation, new methods or combinations of various treatments have improved the chances of recovery for cancer patients. In 2014 the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden opened a specialized University Section of Proton Therapy in Dresden (at the Department of Radiation Therapy / OncoRay). Since then, there have been used innovative techniques of radiation therapy for cancers. 

The proton therapy is suitable for certain types of tumors and treatment fields. The advantages of such treatment for certain tumors have already been proved. These include:

  • Soft tissue tumors / bones: - chordomas, chondrosarcomas
  • Numerous pediatric tumors, especially brain tumors
  • Tumors of the salivary glands, especially adenoid cystic carcinoma
  • Tumors that are very close to sensitive healthy organs, such as skull base or spinal cord
  • Eye tumors



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