Welcome to the Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Immunology at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine in Heidelberg
Around 100 children and young people who have been newly diagnosed with cancer or blood diseases are treated every year by our specially trained team at the Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Immunology at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine in Heidelberg. This Department at Heidelberg University Hospital is thus one of the largest institutions of its kind in Germany.
Our physicians and specially trained nurses have many years of experience in the interdisciplinary treatment of malignant tumors and leukemia in children and young adults. More than 2,000 children with malignant tumors have been treated at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine, 85 percent of whom were discharged as permanently cured. Our active participation in an international network of children’s hospitals, including other children’s hospitals throughout Germany, guarantees our patients the best possible treatment strategy according to the latest scientific advances.
There is a wide range of therapy options available to our young patients, among them, the full range of conventional medication therapies using chemotherapy, stem cell and bone marrow transplants, radiation, and specialized pediatric surgery.
Specially trained pediatric radiologists in the pediatric radiology section treat our young patients from their precise diagnosis to their follow-up care. One particular concern is protection against excessive radiation coupled with the children’s maximum comfort. The pediatric radiology section at the Department of Radiology at Heidelberg University Hospital has been made a national referral center. All imaging examinations (ultrasound, X-ray, MRI) are performed here on patients who range from premature babies to young adults.
We conduct bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants in close cooperation with the team at the Department of Internal Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital, where this has been an established therapy for more than 25 years – a level of experience that can be matched by very few hospitals in Germany. For radiation therapy, we have Germany’s only heavy ion-beam therapy center (HIT) at our disposal.
Educational and psychological support during hospitalization are also important for the children’s and adolescents’ healing process. We also support the families of our young patients during this difficult period: for example, to help parents cope, we offer childcare for healthy siblings, by qualified and loving caregivers, right here in our hospital.
In our cooperative research with other institutes and departments of the medical school at Heidelberg University and with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we concentrate on leukemia, bone tumors, and tumors of the nervous system including brain tumors.
We are happy to answer your questions in our special outpatient clinics, where you are welcome at any time. Please contact Ms. Jutta Mattern directly in my office (+49 6221 564555). You may also contact us by e-mail (jutta.mattern), fax (+49 6221 564559), or through the International Office. @med.uni-heidelberg.de
Professor Dr. Andreas Kulozik
Medical Director of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Immunology at the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital