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Charite University Hospital Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
9/10 from 95 Votes

Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy (275503)

Volker Budach

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c.

Volker Budach

Specialized in: radiation oncology, radiotherapy

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy at the Charite University Hospital Berlin ranks among the top German medical facilities in the area of ​​its specialization!

The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of benign and malignant tumors. The department has state-of-the-art equipment, namely 8 powerful linear accelerators, 2 brachytherapy devices, X-ray systems, devices for intraoperative radiation therapy and proton therapy. In addition, the department has an innovative CyberKnife radiosurgery system, which allows doctors to effectively treat tumors of various localization, including benign ones. Medical and technical resources combined with the high professionalism of doctors allow guaranteeing top-class medical care corresponding to international standards. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Volker Budach.

The department successfully uses the advanced CyberKnife radiosurgery system in its clinical practice. This technology is available only in leading medical centers in developed countries. The main advantage of CyberKnife therapy is that the device allows focusing high doses of radiation with millimeter precision. This ensures that cancer cells are effectively destroyed without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. The capabilities of the CyberKnife system allow affecting small and large tumors of almost any localization, including tumors of the brain, head and neck, spine, chest, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and prostate, which makes it unique and especially effective in the fight against cancer. As a rule, one radiation session is enough for a patient (in rare cases, the radiation dose can be divided into 3-5 procedures). The radiation with the CyberKnife system is performed on an outpatient basis, so the patient can return to his usual way of life as soon as possible. In addition, the therapeutic procedure is absolutely painless and safe, therefore it is an excellent alternative to open surgery and conventional fractionated radiation therapy. 

The department's medical team also specializes in such modern types of radiation as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), intraoperative radiation therapy, tomotherapy and others. All types of radiation therapy are highly effective, since they allow focusing the maximum dose of radiation on the pathological focus, while not damaging healthy tissues. In the course of treatment, the doctors of the department strictly follow the current clinical protocols and observe the radiation protection standards, which minimizes complications and risks for the patient.

The department's service range includes:

  • Stereotactic radiation therapy
    • Brain metastases
    • Acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas)
    • Meningiomas
    • Glomus tumors
    • Craniopharyngiomas
    • Recurrent malignant gliomas
  • CyberKnife treatment
    • Brain diseases
      • Brain metastases
      • Acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannoma)
      • Meningioma
      • Arteriovenous malformations
      • Trigeminal neuralgia
      • Pituitary adenoma
    • Spine and spinal cord diseases 
      • Bone metastases, including spinal metastases
      • Meningiomas
      • Neuromas
    • Lung diseases
      • Lung cancer (initial stages)
      • Lung metastases
    • Prostate diseases
      • Localized prostate cancer
      • Localized recurrence of prostate cancer, single metastases in the lymph nodes and bones
    • Diseases of the kidneys and adrenal glands
      • Kidney and adrenal metastases
      • Specific cases of renal cell carcinoma
    • Liver diseases
      • Liver metastases
      • Specific cases of hepatocellular carcinoma
    • Pancreatic diseases
      • Specific cases of pancreatic cancer
    • Head and neck tumors (skull base tumors, relapses of ENT tumors)
  • Brachytherapy (including afterloading technique)
    • Cervical cancer
    • Endometrial cancer
  • Whole body irradiation (prior to the bone marrow transplantation)
  • Hyperthermia
    • Soft tissue sarcomas
    • Cervical cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer (adjuvant hyperthermic chemotherapy after surgery)
    • Solid tumors in children and adolescents
  • X-ray therapy
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Heel spur
    • Tennis elbow
  • Drug treatment of tumors (combination of chemotherapy with radiation therapy)
  • General skin irradiation for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Curative radiation therapy
    • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
    • Acute myeloid leukemia
    • Anal cancer
    • Eye tumors
    • Bladder cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
    • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
    • Cervical cancer
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Skin cancer
    • Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Bone cancer
    • Head and neck tumors
    • Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
    • Non-small-cell lung cancer
    • Small cell lung cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Malignant melanoma
    • Merkel-cell carcinoma
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Neuroendocrine tumors
    • Kidney cancer
    • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Esophageal carcinoma
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Penile cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Vaginal cancer
    • Soft tissue sarcomas
    • Central nervous system tumors
  • Palliative radiation therapy
    • Brain metastases
    • Liver metastases
    • Bone metastases
    • Lung metastases
  • Imaging-guided radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy, including volumetric arch intensity modulation 
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy
  • Tomotherapy
  • Other types of therapy

Curriculum vitae

  • 2009 President of the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).
  • Since 2009 Head of the Cancer Centre Berlin.
  • Since 2006 Professor and Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy, Campus Virchow and Mitte, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • 2008 Founding Member of the Interdisciplinary Head and Neck Group of the German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • 2006 - 2010 Founding Member and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Soft Tissue Sarcoma Group of the German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • 2007 - 2009 President of the German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).
  • 2003 - 2006 Executive Board Member of the EORTC.
  • 2003 - 2006 Chairman of the EORTC Clinical Research Division.
  • 2000 - 2003 Chairman of the ROG Working Group on Head and Neck Cancer.
  • 1996 - 1998 Head of the Cancer Centre Berlin.
  • 1998 - 2004 Treasurer of the ESTRO.
  • 1995 - 2007 Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert-Rössle-Klinik, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • 1993 - 2006 Professor and Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy, Campus Mitte, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • 1990 - 1993 Senior Physician and Lecturer at the Department of Radiation Oncology, West German Tumour Centre, University of Essen, Essen, Germany.
  • 1985 - 1990 Senior Physician and Consultant at the Department of Radiation Oncology, West German Tumour Centre, University of Essen, Essen, Germany.
  • 1972 - 1980 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Heidelberg and Kiel.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
  • European Society for Radiation Oncology (ESTRO).
  • German Society for Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).
  • German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • European Organisation for Research and Treatment in Cancer (EORTC).
  • European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO).
  • German Interdisciplinary Soft Tissue Sarcoma Task Force (DKG).
  • German Interdisciplinary Head and Neck Carcinoma Task Force (DKG).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin 

Treatment with cyber knife of intracranial germinoma
Treatment with cyber knife of malignant cancer

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