University Hospital Erlangen

location_on Erlangen, Germany
9.1/10 from 51 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy (289958)

Rainer Fietkau

Prof. Dr. med.

Rainer Fietkau

Specialized in: adult and pediatric radiation therapy

About the department

According to Focus, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in radiation therapy!

The department offers the full range of services in this medical field and is one of the most modern departments of this kind in Germany. The medical facility provides comprehensive treatment for malignant diseases, which covers not only radiation therapy, but also chemotherapy, supportive treatment (for example, pain therapy, diet therapy). All medical services meet the highest international standards. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Fietkau.

Different tumors require different types of radiation therapy, which the department carries out in modern units equipped with the state-of-art medical equipment. The spectrum covers interventional radiation therapy, as well as deep regional hyperthermia. The key focus is on the treatment of breast, rectal cancer, malignant neoplasms of the bladder, upper digestive tract and soft tissue sarcomas.

The doctors, medical physicists, radiobiologists, technical assistants and nursing staff work in close cooperation with other departments of the hospital, thereby ensuring the most favorable treatment outcome. The completion of radiation therapy is followed by care and counseling of patients as part of follow-up care.

The department's specialists significantly influenced the development of radiation oncology in Germany. The department has also gained a reputation as a Reference Center for various oncological diseases and participates in international research projects.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Breast-conserving operations in women, partial breast irradiation
  • Definitive or consolidation radiation therapy in lymphomas
  • Definitive radiochemotherapy in primary inoperable pancreatic cancer
  • Total body irradiation before bone marrow transplantation in children and adults
  • Neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy in esophageal cancer
  • Surgical radiation therapy (brachytherapy) in cancers of breast, prostate, head and neck, cervix, uterus, vagina and external genital organs, penis and choroid
  • Radiochemotherapy with deep hyperthermia in superficial and muscle invasive bladder cancer as an alternative to primary cystectomy
  • Postoperative and definitive radiochemotherapy for brain tumors
  • Primary radiochemotherapy of the upper digestive tract
  • Primary radiochemotherapy in anal canal cancer
  • Primary radiochemotherapy in lung cancer
  • Radiochemotherapy in rectal cancer before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant)
  • Irradiation in benign diseases, such as degenerative (age-related) joint diseases, endocrine ophthalmopathy (for example, in thyrotoxicosis), Dupuytren's contracture or Ledderhose disease (cicatricial degeneration of the plantar or palmar aponeurosis), as well as radiation therapy before and after hip replacement for calcinosis prevention
  • Other medical services

The department applies the following types of radiation therapy:

  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Extra- and intracranial stereotactic irradiation
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hypofractionated high-precision radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT, VMAT)
  • Interventional radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
  • Radiochemotherapy
  • Pain relief irradiation
  • 3D conformal radiation therapy
  • Other therapeutic services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1976 - 1982 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Bochum, Saarbrücken and Würzburg.
  • 1976, 1983 Military Service.
  • 1982 - 1984 Research Fellow at the Institute for Medical Radiology at the University of Würzburg.
  • 1984 - 1988 Assistant Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, University Hospital Erlangen.
  • 1988 - 1989 Assistant Physician, X-ray Unit in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen.
  • 1989 - 1993 Senior Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy, University Hospital Erlangen.
  • 1990 Board certification in Radiotherapy.
  • 1993 - 1994 Acting Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Göttingen.
  • 1996 - 1997 C3 Professor of Radiotherapy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  • 1997 - 2008 C4 Professor in Radiation Oncology, Radiation Therapy and Radiation Biology, University of Rostock.
  • Since 2008 W3 Professor of Radiation Therapy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, as well as Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Erlangen.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Radiation Oncology (DEGRO).
  • European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Erlangen 

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