Charite University Hospital Berlin

Berlin, Germany

BerlinProtonen – Proton therapy at Charité

Antonia Joussen

Prof. Dr. med.

Antonia Joussen

Specialized in: ophthalmology

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Spezialisierung in:

  • Spektralis HRA, OCT, ICG und Fluorescein-Angiographie mit Weitwinkelphotographie
  • Heidelberg-Retina-Tomograph (HRT)
  • RetCam
  • IOL Master (optische Biometrie)
  • Corneal Wavefront Analyzer - Topographie
  • Ocular Wavefront Analyzer inklusive Pupillometrie, Keratometer - Präzise Messung von Aberrationen
  • Standard-Diagnostikgeräte Augenheilkunde
  • Chirurgie der hinteren Augenabschnitte (vitreoretinale Chirurgie, Makulachirurgie)
  • Augentumorbehandlung: Rutheniumapplikatoren, Protonenbestrahlung, TTT,
  • Ambulante und stationäre Chirurgie der vorderen Augenabschnitte (Kataraktoperationen, Glaukomchirurgie, Verletzungs- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie)
  • Keratoplastiken, DSAEK, DMEK und andere lammelläre Verfahren
  • Ambulante und stationäre refraktive Eingriffe (LASIK, PRK, ICL-Implantation, Clear-Lens-Phako)
  • Plastische und wiederherstellende Chirurgie der Lider und Tränenwege, Orbitachirurgie
  • Laser- und Kryochirurgie
  • Augenmuskelchirurgie
  • Im konservativen Bereich umfasst das Leistungsangebot das gesamte Spektrum der Augenheilkunde

The BerlinProtonen – the Proton therapy at Charité under direction of Prof. Dr. Antonia Joussen specializes in the application of proton therapy in the treatment of eye tumors. Since 1998, proton therapy has been considered as a successful and highly effective method in the treatment of intraocular tumors. The systematic cooperation of medical physicists, radiation therapists and ophthalmologists has greatly improved the precision of the therapy which benefits all the patients. The innovative therapy of BerlinProtonen allows to slow down the growth of the tumor in 95% of the patients and to preserve the useful visual function of the affected eye, even those with large tumors in their eye.

The decisive advantage of proton irradiation is its use of energy directly into the effected tissues (Bragg peak) which allow an accurate irradiation of tumors as well as the protection of adjacent organs. The BerlinProtonen – Proton therapy at Charité under direction of Prof. Dr. Antonia Joussen, located at the Helmholtz Centre, in Berlin.It is equipped with a proton therapy system which can provide a proton beam with an energy output of 68 MeV. This corresponds to a penetration depth of about 30 mm into the body. This energy is ideal for the treatment of tumors in the interior of the eye. Primarily, malignant melanoma of the uvea can be irradiated, which can be further divided into choroidal melanomas, ciliary body melanomas and iris melanomas. In addition, other indications such as conjunctival melanoma, hemangioma and retinoblastoma can be treated with proton therapy.

After the completion of proton therapy, post operation therapy can also be performed on patients with large tumors to obtain or improve their eye functions.

About hospital

As being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin, University Hospital, Charite Berlin is a prominent hospital with a long history. University Hospital Charite Berlin exists on four locations: Campus Charite Mitte, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Campus Vichow-Klinikum and Campus Berlin Buch. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university hospital in Europe, from which more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine come from.

With more than 100 clinics and institutes, which make up a total of 17 "CharitéCenters", University Hospital Charite Berlin offers the highest level of patient care. 125,000 inpatients and 900,000 outpatients are treated here annually. University Hospital Charite Berlin has many years of experience in the treatment and care of international patients. The Virchow-Guest House of the Charite with 19 modern guest rooms offers patients and accompanying persons the comfort of a hotel. Therefore, here at University Hospital Charite Berlin, you will receive the best treatment possible in Germany.

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.