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University Hospital Halle (Saale)

Halle, Germany


Department of Radiation Therapy


Dirk Vordermark

Prof. Dr. med.

Dirk Vordermark

Specialized in: oncology, radiation therapy

The Department of Radiation Therapy is focused on an individual radiotherapy with the use of the most advanced radiation equipment in the state-of-the-art rooms of the University Hospital of Halle (Saale). The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Vordermark. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiation therapy!  

The radiotherapy planning is carried out in a computerized planning system, which shows the data of all linear accelerators used in the University Hospital of Halle (Saale). The radiotherapy program development is based on CT results, while CT is carried out after irradiation. The physician selects a required amount of exposure on CT scan, sets the dose and a maximum permissible load on the critical organs, such as lungs, kidneys and spinal cord. Then the specially trained medical physicians develop a (physical) irradiation plan. A cumulative dose-volume histogram is an instrument for an objective assessment of plan quality and comparison. This cumulative dose-volume histogram shows a minimal dose for covering a certain amount of every volume. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department are developing in a close cooperation with other departments of the University Hospital of Halle (Saale) and mostly cover the following diseases: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Bronchogenic cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Bladder and prostate cancer
  • Head and neck tumors (oral cavity cancer, throat and larynx cancer)
  • Rectal and anal cancer
  • Malignant systematic diseases (lymphomas and leukemias)
  • Tumors in childhood and adolescence 
  • Sarcomas
  • Gynecological tumors (uterine cancer)

The Department of Radiation Therapy under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Vordermark offers the following types of therapies: 

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy / radiosurgery of brain tumors
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy for lung tumors
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy for liver cancer
  • Simultaneous radiochemotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Whole body irradiation 

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