University Hospital Saarland Homburg
Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (395682)
Specialized in: pediatric oncology, hematology
About the department
The Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at the University Hospital Saarland offers the full range of services in these medical focuses. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Norbert Graf.
It provides both diagnostics and comprehensive treatment of all malignant diseases (leukemia, solid tumors, brain tumors), as well as blood diseases and coagulation disorders in children and adolescents. An integral part of the treatment is high-quality psychosocial care for the patient and their family. Medical care complies with the guidelines of the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.
It should be noted that the department demonstrates excellent treatment results – about 80% of children with malignant diseases recover. The success of treatment depends on many factors, for example, on the main diagnosis, the stage of pathology, the response to therapy, etc.
To treat young patients with haemophilia A and B, as well as with other more serious bleeding disorders, the department actively cooperates with the Institute of Clinical Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. The department also has tremendous experience in the field of hemophilia treatment, which is provided within the framework of the specialized supraregional center. The center works round the clock and guarantees professional care even in the most severe clinical situations. A key role in ensuring optimal treatment of hemophilia is played by interdisciplinary collaboration with other specialized departments of the hospital, including surgical disciplines,with the Departments of Maxillofacial Surgery, Internal Medicine and Radiology. The basic service range in the field of hemophilia treatment is complemented by genetic counseling, care for pregnant women, psychotherapy and psychological support.
In addition, the Hemophilia Center offers effective treatment of Willebrand-Jürgens syndrome, which is one of the most common congenital blood clotting disorders. In most cases, the pathology is characterized by bleeding of the mucous membranes, the formation of hematomas and the development of secondary bleeding during surgery and other invasive manipulations. The acquired forms of Willebrand-Jürgens syndrome may occur due to rheumatic diseases, heart valve defects or other diseases.
The main clinical focuses of the department cover the diagnosis and treatment of the following diseases in children and adolescents:
- Blood diseases
- Blood clotting disorders
- Immunodeficiency disorders
- Leukemias and lymphomas
- Tumors of the brain and nervous system
- Tumors of the internal organs, bone and soft tissues
- Supportive therapy, including pain therapy and palliative care
- Psychosocial care
- Other medical services
Dr. Norbert Graf is the Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical Faculty of the Saarland University and Head of the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at the University Hospital Saarland.
Education and Academic Career
- 1981 Doctor of Medicine, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Germany.
- 1986 Pediatrician, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Germany.
- 1991 Habilitation, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Germany.
- 1998 Professor of Pediatrics, Saarland University, School of Medicine, Germany.
- 1980 - 1986 Postgraduate training, Residency, Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at the University Hospital Saarland.
- 1980 Admission to medical practice, Germany.
- 1986 Board certification in Pediatrics, Germany.
- 2006 Board certification in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.
Membership in German Professional Societies
- German Society of Pediatrics.
- Austrian Society of Pediatrics.
- German Professional Association of Pediatricians.
- German Society for Paediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH).
- German Cancer Society.
- Saarland Cancer Society.
- German TNM Committee.
- European Group for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).
Membership in International Professional Societies
- International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).
- Pediatric Working Group on Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapy (PAS & ZT).
- European Hematology Association (EHA).
- Children's Oncology Group (COG).
- 2007 Prize of the Federal State of Saarland for Teaching Activities in the University.
- 2007 Prize for Best Medical Practice.
- 2009 Felix Kossmann Prize.
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