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Department of Radiation Oncology of the University Medical Center Mannheim

The Department of Radiation Oncology is part of Heidelberg University's Faculty of Clinical Medicine. The new therapy area was redesigned and rebuiltin 1990 during a series of remodeling projects resulting, for example, in the transformation of the patient waiting area from a dark, bunker-like structure into a glass-roofed, daylight-filled hall. Until 1997 a cobalt unit and a linear accelerator were available for therapy.

Then in 1997 the cobalt unit was replaced by a linear accelerator with a multileaf collimator (MLC), and in 2002 the linear accelerator was equipped with this technology as well. The third linear accelerator was put into operation in a newly constructed building in April 2004. All three units are outfitted with multileaf collimators and are state-of-the-art using the most advanced technology available today.Stereotactic radiation of brain tumors is also possible with the use of a micro-multileaf collimator. Stereotactic irradiation can be applied to tumors in the torso area as well with the help of an ultrasound guidance system. In 2005 one of the accelerators will also be outfitted with a CT-like localization system, which will allow for image-guided radiotherapy in all areas of the body. All of the irradiation units meet the requirements for the implementation of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which has been used in the clinic since the beginning of 2002. In addition to the three linear accelerators, the Radiology Departmentalso has treatment units for brachytherapy and x-ray therapy. In addition to these treatment installations patients also have the option of Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT).

Through the use of the most advanced radiation therapy technology available, the clinic in Mannheim has become one of the most important treatment centers for cancer patients in the Rhein-Neckar area.

In addition to the spectrum of standard radiotherapy treatment options, the following special procedures are also performed:


  1. Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy
  2. Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy
  3. Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
  4. Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  5. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
  6. Radioactive Seed Implants
  7. Total Body Irradiation
  8. Hyperthermia



A 20-bed ward within the clinic is dedicated to in-patient care for radiotherapy patients where combined radiochemotherapy for rectal, anal, pancreas, or esophageal tumors is also carried out.Depending on the disease and the necessary therapy, treatment can be in-patient, out-patient or a combination of the two according to the treatment unit. In the case of an out-patient therapy, patients are supported by a transition care team, and also by our combined. radiotherapy and out-patient pain clinic since June 2004, where tumor patients can expect improved out-patient care from specialists from both radiology and the Pain Center. The Radiotherapy Clinic is integrated closely in interdisciplinary, multimodal tumor treatment within the Mannheim Clinic through interdisciplinary consultations in the clinic's Tumor Treatment Center (TBZ) and Oncology Research Group (OAK). The Mannheim University Clinic is a partner of the Tumor Center Heidelberg/Mannheim. The Tumor Center Heidelberg/Mannheim is a cooperative organization that was founded in order to offer the best possible care to area tumor patients. The Radiology Department is a member of the Oncology Research Group and remains in close contact with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ Heidelberg). 




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