Department for Hemato-/Oncology and Palliative Care Medicine
Our Department for Hemato-/Oncology is dedicated to treating patients with benign and malignant diseases of the blood and the hematopoetic system as well as patients with solid cancers.
Our extensive and state of the art diagnostics draw on various departments with physicians from different specialties in a multidisciplinary approach.
All our patients receive thorough and in depth analysis and advice regarding their condition and its treatment options. These are discussed in weekly Multidisciplinary Patient Review Boards and include conventional chemotherapies, novel approaches with targeted therapies (i.e. antibodies, tyrosinkinase-, mTor-inhibitors etc.) and interdisciplinary treatment concepts. For example, in cooperation with our Departments for Radiooncology, Surgery and Radiology we offer perioperative chemoradiation as well as techniques for localized disease control and treatment. Participation in randomized studies is available. In- and outpatient settings are at our disposal.
To complement antineoplastic therapy we offer comprehensive and modern treatment of chemotherapy-related sideeffects as well as pain and other symptoms and issues caused by malignant disease. Our staff of experienced physicians and nurses include specialized psychologists.
Follow-up can take place in our outpatient care or (usually in collaboration) through family practicioners.
Our outpatient clinic performs roughly two dozen therapies per day and there are 28 beds for inpatients at our disposal, the latter for intricate therapies with the need of high surveillance and for treatment of therapy- or tumor-related complications.
Our unit for Palliative Care comprises 8 beds and is dedicated to terminally ill patients whose condition does not permit cure of the underlying disease but healing of most related conditions, i.e. pain, weight loss, fatigue, malaise, weakness, fear etc.. Conceptual aim of our therapy is to initiate what is often termed "best supportive care" and thus to enable patients to spend time free of disabeling symptoms at home with their families or in institutions of their choosing. It should be emphasised that all available medical diagnostic and therapeutic means are used to reach this goal. Physical therapy, Art therapy, specialised psychotherapy, cultural events etc. complete the therapeutic approach.
Before a patient is released the modalities are thoroughly planned and discussed with the patient and his relatives. Organisation is usually smoothed by our "Case Management".
In addition to our in- and outpatient settings we offer close collaboration with the network of ambulatory palliative care Limburg/Weilburg, local family practicioners and ambulatory nurse practicioners. This way, "best supportive care" is also ensured at home.
PD Dr. Thomas Neuhaus
Assistant medical director:
Dr. Nicola Storch
Joachim Luyken MD
Dipl.-Psych. Peter Behrla,
Further trained assistants:
Outpatient clinic for haematology and medical oncology
Petra Gros, Gabriele Wagner
(continuous documentation of tumour data in line with the German tumour centres and oncologic focuses, documentation in line with surveys concerning the optimisation of therapies)
Diet assistance for counsel on and optimisation of nutrition
In-centre spiritual guidance