University Hospital Muenster

location_on Muenster, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology (289953)

Hans Theodor Eich

Prof. Dr. med.

Hans Theodor Eich

Specialized in: radiation therapy, radiation oncology

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German departments specializing in radiotherapy!

The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of malignant and benign diseases, various functional disorders. Depending on the patient's state of health and the course of the disease, radiation therapy can be carried out on an outpatient or inpatient basis, as well as in combination with other treatment methods, for example, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, etc. The high-tech equipment, exceptional professionalism of doctors and close cooperation with the specialists from related fields contribute to the provision of first-class and tailored medical care. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Hans Theodor Eich.

The department has a tomotherapy system and three high-power linear accelerators (TrueBeam). The equipment and irradiation device is selected for each patient individually, depending on the localization of the pathological area. The external radiation, so-called teletherapy, is carried out using a linear accelerator. In this case, the irradiation applies either protons or electrons. With the help of the very latest high-precision technology, the doctors are able to provide an extremely accurate irradiation, which is the most sparing for healthy tissues. The irradiation with a tomotherapy system is mostly used for the treatment of prostate cancer, large spinal cord tumors or other tumors, in which the protection of surrounding organs is particularly difficult.

In order to ensure the best quality of treatment, the department cooperates with other departments of the university hospital, as well as with external partners. Since 2013, the department’s list of bases was supplemented by the section of the St. Francis Hospital in Muenster. Since November 2014, the department has been cooperating with the German CyberKnife Center at the Soest Hospital.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Irradiation planning with CT, PET-CT and PET-MRI
  • Standard irradiation methods
    • Palliative percutaneous irradiation in metastases
    • Total body irradiation (before bone marrow transplantation in order to destroy malignant cells and weaken the patient's immune system (in case of donor transplantation))
  • Special irradiation methods
    • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (mostly used for the treatment of prostate cancer, head and neck tumors, breast cancer, pediatric and adolescent tumors)
    • Extracranial stereotactic radiation therapy (the most common indications are tumors or metastases in the lungs, liver, secondary irradiation of spinal tumors)
    • Intracranial stereotactic radiation therapy (an effective and sparing treatment method for certain benign or malignant tumors, brain arteriovenous malformations)
      • Single radiation(radiosurgery)
      • Fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy
  • Brachytherapy (mostly used for the treatment of gynecologic tumors, prostate cancer)
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • 1988 - 1995 Study of Medicine at the University of Muenster.
  • 1991 - 1993 Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology of the University of Muenster (Head: Prof. Dr. med. N. Willich), preparation of the doctoral thesis under the guidance of Prof. Dr. med. R. Poetter (Chairman of the Board for Radiation Therapy and Radiation Biology, University Hospital Vienna).
  • 1996 Doctoral Degree, University of Muenster (magna cum laude).
  • 1995 - 1996 Internship, Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology, University of Muenster (Head: Prof. Dr. med. N. Willich).
  • 1996 - 1997 Internship, Central Institute for X-Ray Diagnostics, University Hospital Essen (Director: Prof. Dr. med. R. Langer).
  • 1997 - 1998 Research Fellow, Central Institute for X-Ray Diagnostics, University Hospital Essen (Acting Director: Prof. Dr. med. R.-D. Müller).
  • 1998 - 2003 Research Fellow, Department of Radiation Therapy of the University of Cologne (Director: Prof. Dr. med. R.-P. Müller).
  • 2002 Medical Specialist in Radiotherapy.
  • 2003 - 2011 Senior Physician of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Cologne (Director: Prof. Dr. med. R.-P. Müller).
  • 2006 Habilitation in Radiation Therapy.
  • Since 09.2011 Head, Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Muenster.
  • 12.2012 Medical Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Muenster (CCCM).
  • 11.2014 Director of the German CyberKnife Center Soest.

Scientific and Organizational Activities

  • Since 2002 Deputy Head of the Radiotherapy Reference Center of the German Hodgkin's Lymphoma Study Group (GHSG).
  • Since 2002 Member of the Radiotherapy Expert Panel of the GHSG.
  • Since 2003 Head of the subproject "Radiotherapy" of the Competence Network Malignant Lymphomas, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • 2010 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology, Physics.
  • 2010 Appointment to the Protocol Committee (Expert) of the German Study Group on Gastrointestinal Lymphomas.
  • 2010 Member of the S3 Guidelines Commission on Hodgkin's lymphoma, CLL.
  • 2010 Member of the Steering Committee of the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group (ILROG).
  • 2006 - 2008, 2012- 2014 Appointment to the Program Committee of the ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology).
  • 2015 Member of S2 Guidelines on Cutaneous Lymphomas.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Münster 

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