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Best treatment options and cutting-edge research at the Department of Hematology, Oncology and Rheumatology

At Heidelberg University Hospital, with over 300 stem cell transplantations per year, you will find one of the largest and most prestigious centers for hematology, oncology, and rheumatology in Europe. A highly specialized team of physicians and scientists under the direction of Professor Dr. Carsten Müller-Tidow has extensive experience especially in the treatment of multiple myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma.

"It is very important for me to provide individual treatments for each patient while taking into account latest research findings. This is how we ensure best possible treatment results for all of our patients."

Professor Dr. Carsten Müller-Tidow,
Medical Director of the Department of Hematology, Oncology, and Rheumatology

Our therapeutic
specializations:

  • Multiple myeloma
  • Acute leukemia 
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and other myeloproliferative neoplasms
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and hairy cell leukemia
  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  • Sarcoma

CAR T cell Therapy

We are the first center in Germany to offer CAR T cell therapy in acute leukemia and for the treatment of lymphoma. In this cell therapy, immune system cells (T cells) are genetically re-programmed so that they destroy the tumor cells. We would be happy to inform you whether this type of therapy might also offer promising results for your case. Additional information here.

At a glance:
this distinguishes us

  • Personal care of our 2700 patients per year
  • Close integration of research and patient care allows therapies of the future
  • Avoiding inpatient stays even for patients with malignant diseases. Close integration of our outpatient clinics and day hospital.
  • 30 specialists in Hematology and Oncology cooperate with other physician teams of the University Hospital
  • Our own bone marrow and stem-cell transplantation Station with around 300 stem cell transplantations per year

Therapies of the future available today

The close integration of clinical care and research enables us to offer innovative, promising therapies. We use the latest medications, often in clinical trials that are not yet applied in routine practice, however, often deliver very promising effects.

Innovative therapies with the most promising effects:

  • Autologous stem-cell transplantation 
    This form of therapy is particularly suitable for patients with patients with multiple myeloma. Treatment is sometimes even possible as an outpatient (treatment period approx. 4 weeks)
  • Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (treatment period approx. 3 months)
  • Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy, including CAR T cell therapy
  • Innovative and classical radiation (Dep. for Radiooncology)
  • Radioimmunotherapy
  • Tumor vaccination

Pioneering research: Target-oriented treatment through
comprehensive knowledge

Since 1985, when one of the world's first stem cell transplantations was performed here, Heidelberg has played a pioneering role in stem cell research. Among other things, our physicians work on leukemia and lymphoma research. The research and production of novel cell therapies and vaccines is one specialization of our department. Close cooperation of our hospital with the German Cancer Research Center and the National Center for Tumor Diseases underscores the strength of Heidelberg research.

Special immune system protection: Our own bone marrow and stem-cell transplantation ward

One of our special features is our own bone marrow and stem cell transplantation ward with 18 patient rooms. These are equipped with "HEPA filters": the air is specially filtered to minimize the risk of infection for our immunocompromised patients. 

For the same reason, there are no long transport distances for our patients between different wards: the intensive care unit is integrated into the stem cell transplantation unit.

At the highest level: Comprehensive care by our specialists

In the Department of Hematology, a large specialist team of more than 30 physicians is available to our patients. These experts come together with colleagues from other departments at the "Tumor Board," where they discuss each particular case and develop an individualized treatment plan. In this way, we find the best possible - and above all, the most promising - therapy for each Patient.