University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Proton therapy of malignant tumour (program ID: 273570)

Jürgen Debus

Prof. Dr. med.

Jürgen Debus

HIT: Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center

Specialized in: Radiology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Klinischer Werdegang

  • 1.7.91 - 31.12.92 Arzt im Praktikum in der Abteilung für Onkologische Diagnostik und Therapie des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums in Heidelberg Direktor: Prof. Dr. G. van Kaick
  • 1.1.1993 - 30.11.1996 Assistenzarzt in der Radiologischen Klinik und Poliklinik (Schwerpunkt Strahlentherapie) der Universität Heidelberg Direktor: Prof. Dr. Dr. M. Wannenmacher
  • 1995 Clinical Fellow: Protonentherapie am Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
  • 1996 Facharzt für Strahlentherapie
  • Seit 1996 Oberarzt der Radiologischen Klinik und Poliklinik (Schwerpunkt Strahlentherapie) der Universität Heidelbergseit 1996 Medizinischer Strahlenschutzbeauftragter für die Strahlentherapie am Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum
  • Seit 1997 Strahlenschutzbeauftragter für die Universitätsstrahlenklinik
  • 1997-2003 Leiter der klinischen Forschungseinheit “Strahlentherapeutische Onkologie” an der Universitätsstrahlenklinik Heidelberg und dem DKFZ
  • Seit 1998 bestellter Gutachter für Strahlenschutzfachkunde „Strahlentherapie“
  • Seit 1998 bestellter Beisitzer für Facharztgespräche „Strahlentherapie“
  • Seit 2003 Ordinarius (C4) und Ärztlicher Direktor der Abteilung für Klinische Radiologie/ Strahlentherapie am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
  • Seit 2009 Direktor Nationales Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT), Heidelberg

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • 1991 Promotion zum Dr. rer. nat: Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg. Thema: "Untersuchungen zur Kavitationsentstehung in gepulsten Ultraschallfeldern" Note: „summa cum laude“
  • 1992 Promotion zum Dr. med.: Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums Thema: „Tumorbehandlung mit gepulstem hochenergetischen Ultraschall am Beispiel des Dunning-Prostata Tumors der Ratte“ Note: „magna cum laude“
  • 1993-1995 Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe: Strahlentherapie mit schnellen Neutronen am Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum
  • 1994-1996 Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe: Neue Verfahren der lokoregionären Tumortherapie am Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum
  • Seit 1994 Medizinische Koordination des Schwerionentherapieprojektes bei der Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung
  • 1995 Clinical Fellow: Protonentherapie am Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
  • 1997 Habilitation im Fach Klinische Radiologie - Strahlentherapie an der Hohen Medizinische Fakultät der Ruprecht-Karls-
  • Universität Heidelberg; Thema: „Konformierende Behandlungstechniken mit Photonen und mit Ionenstrahlen: experimentelle und klinische Untersuchungen“1997 Erlangung der venia legendi und Ernennung zum Privatdozenten für Klinische Radiologie/Strahlentherapie
  • 1997-2003 Leiter der Klinischen Kooperationseinheit „Strahlentherapeutische Onkologie“ am Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum Heidelberg
  • Seit 1998 Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Rates des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums
  • 1999-2003 Mitglied des Promotionsausschusses der Medizinischen Fakultät
  • 2001-2003 Vorsitzender des Wissenschaftlichen Rates des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums
  • Seit 2001 Mitglied im Vorstand der Internationalen Teilchentherapiegesellschaft (PTCOG)


  • 1995 Auslandsstipendium der Deutschen Krebshilfe am Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston ( 7 Monate)
  • 1998 Stipendium durch die Strahlenschutzkommission der japanischen Regierung am nationalen Institut für Strahlenforschung (NIRS), Chiba zur Koordination der Kooperation im Rahmen der Schwerionentherapie (vier Wochen)


About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Heidelber Ion-Beam Therapy Center HIT at the Heidelberg University Hospital has a treatment system for tumor diseases, which is a unique one worldwide. The director of the Center is Professor Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Debus. This system is implemented in the center due to the use of innovative technologies. Moreover, it is represented as the first system of radiation therapy with protons and heavy ions in Europe, which was integrated into the University Hospital.

The ion-beam therapy provided in the Ion-Beam Therapy Center is used as one of methods for the interdisciplinary patient care within the framework of the National Cancer Center (NCC) Heidelberg. A team of experts under the direction of Professor Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Debus performs unique operations with a highly accurate irradiation even of not easily accessible tumors wihtout any harm to the adjacent tissues. 

Over 1000 patients have been treated in the Ion-Beam Therapy Center as well as a number of clinical researches has been initiated since ist founding in November 2009. In October 2012 a gantry system with heavy ion and proton irradiation was put into operation.  

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • inflammation indicators
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • ultrasound
  • CT/MRI scan
  • proton therapy
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment via head doctor and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
  • accommodation in clinical apartment up to 2 persons


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About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

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.

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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.