University Hospital Ulm

location_on Ulm, Germany
8.7/10 from 83 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology (228427)

Hartmut Döhner

Prof. Dr. med.

Hartmut Döhner

Specialized in: hematology, oncology, palliative care, rheumatology, infectology

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectiology at the University Hospital Ulm offers the full range of services in these fields. It provides high-precision diagnostics and effective treatment of oncological diseases, benign and malignant blood pathologies, rheumatic and infectious diseases. A separate focus of the department is palliative care aimed at relieving pain and improving the quality of life of the terminally ill patients. The doctors of the department have unique clinical skills and rich experience, which contributes to high treatment success rates. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Döhner.

The department is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm, which ranks among the best medical institutions of this kind in Germany certified by the German Cancer Society and the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe). Each clinical case is considered on a regular interdisciplinary tumor boards, after which an individual treatment strategy is developed taking into account all the diagnostic results, disease stage, general patient's health, age, etc. All the treatment concepts comply with current national and international standards. Most often, in the treatment of cancer, doctors use conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy with antibodies, as well as innovative forms of therapy, for example, cell cycle and signaling pathway inhibitors. The department also maintains close cooperation with hematologists and oncologists from the neighboring specialized hospitals.

It should be noted that one of the department’s priorities is allogeneic blood  stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, which has been performed here since 1978. Currently, the department offers various options for allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation (related donors, unrelated donors, haploidentical donors, umbilical cord blood). The department has a special certificate, which allows to perform both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantations, and it is also certified as a center specializing in peripheral stem cell and spinal cord tissue sampling according to JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee of the ISCT and the EBMT) standards.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • Hematology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of all forms of anemia
    • Diagnostics and treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome
      • Blood test
      • Microscopic differential blood test and bone marrow examination (cytology and histology)
      • Molecular biological examinations
      • Symptomatic supportive therapy (transfusion)
      • Antibiotic therapy
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (only for young patients)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia
      • Immunophenotyping
      • Cytogenetic and molecular genetic examination
      • Induction chemotherapy
      • Chemotherapy with cytotoxic drugs
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
      • Therapy with hypomethylating agents 
    • Diagnostics and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia
      • Chemotherapy
      • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
    • Diagnostics and treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasm
    • Diagnostics and treatment of multiple myeloma
      • Chemotherapy
      • Inhibitor therapy
      • Immunomodulatory therapy
      • Antibody therapy
      • Combination therapy
      • Infusion therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant lymphoma
    • Diagnostics and treatment of patients with hemophilia A and B, Von Willebrand disease and other hemorrhagic diatheses
  • Oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of lung cancer
      • Surgical treatment
      • Radiation therapy
      • Adjuvant chemotherapy
      • Palliative chemotherapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of kidney cancer
      • Kidney removal (nephrectomy) with lymph node removal
      • Removal of a kidney part in small tumors
      • Tumor resection
      • Systemic and combination therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of sarcomas
      • Surgical treatment
      • Radiotherapy (adjuvant and neoadjuvant)
      • Chemotherapy
      • Amputation 
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant brain tumors (gliomas, meningiomas, medulloblastomas, lymphomas)
      • Medical history analysis and general medical examination
      • X-ray examinations
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Computed tomography
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • Skeleton scintigraphy
      • Biopsy
      • Surgical treatment
      • Chemotherapy
      • Radiation therapy
  • Palliative care
  • Allogeneic stem cell and bone marrow transplantation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases (within the specialized center, certified by the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI))
    • Tropical infections
    • HIV
    • Echinococcosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic diseases
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Spondyloarthropathies (for example, ankylosing spondylitis)
    • Collagenoses (lupus erythematosus and scleroderma)
    • Vasculitis
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services

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