Radiotherapy for adrenal cortex carcinoma (program ID: 300510)

University Hospital Würzburg

location_on Würzburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 38 Votes
Specialized hospital
Michael Flentje

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Michael Flentje

Specialized in: radiation therapy

Department of Radiation Therapy

The program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • general clinical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • inflammation indicators
    • indicators of blood coagulation
    • hormone blood tests
  • abdominal CT/ MRI scan
  • ultrasound scan
  • course of radiotherapy 
  • nursing staff services
  • elaboration of individual treatment plan

How program is carried out

During the first visit, the doctor will conduct a clinical examination and go through the results of previous laboratory tests and instrumental examinations. After that, you will undergo an additional examination, including complete blood count, laboratory assessment of liver and kidney function. Based on the received results, the physician will conduct radiotherapy planning with the help of CT or MRI, make the permanent tattoo marks on the skin and conduct CT simulation in order to assess the accuracy of the rays and the radiation dose. If necessary, related medical specialists will be involved in the elaboration of a treatment regimen (tumor board).

Radiation therapy is carried out as the day hospital procedure, without mandatory admission to the hospital. At each visit, the physician will assess your general condition and the marks on the skin. After that, you will be placed in a shielded radiation therapy room, on a special table.

Each radiation therapy session lasts less than half an hour (including preparation). All this time, doctors and nurses are monitoring your condition, you can communicate with them through a loudspeaker. The procedure is completely painless. Depending on the planned course of treatment, you will visit the hospital from 1 to 3-5 times a week.

After the completion of the radiation therapy course, you will undergo control examinations aimed at assessing your condition and efficacy of treatment. After that you will receive the medical report with detailed recommendations regarding further follow-up and treatment. In the future, you will be able to have a distant consultation with your attending physician and schedule the next course of treatment, if necessary.

Required documents:

  • Medical records
  • MRI/CT scan (not older than 3 months)
  • Biopsy results (if available)
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About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University Hospital Würzburg is included in the ranking of the top German department specializing in radiation therapy! 

The department offers all types of modern radiation therapy for the treatment of cancers. The competent medical team of the department annually provides its services to 2,000 patients. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Michael Flentje.

The department is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Mainfranken, so the treatment is carried out in collaboration with the specialists from related fields, in accordance with an individually developed treatment strategy. The type and dose of radiation depends on the type of tumor and the degree of its spread. The cutting-edge technical equipment of the department allows doctors to carry out the most accurate irradiation of the pathological area, without exposing the negative effects of ionizing radiation to healthy tissues. In the case of terminal cancer, patients are also offered a special type of radiation therapy, which is used as palliative care to relieve pain and improve the quality of a person’s life.

The therapeutic options of the department include:

  • Teletherapy (external irradiation)
    • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and rotational volume-modulated irradiation (VMAT)
    • Imaging-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
    • Stereotactic irradiation and radiosurgery
    • Total body irradiation
    • Combined radiochemotherapy
  • Brachytherapy (internal irradiation)
    • Afterloading technique
    • Seed brachytherapy for prostate cancer treatment
    • Intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer
  • 3D conformal radiation for therapy planning
  • Other types of radiation therapy

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Würzburg 

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