Diagnosis & Treatment

University Hospital Essen, Germany - video

University Hospital Essen, Germany - video

As a maximum care hospital, the Universitätsklinikum Essen (University Hospital Essen) is the hospital for the Ruhr Metropolitan Region.

Every year our hospital treats about 49,000 in-patients in approx. 1300 beds, and about 163,000 patients are treated as out-patients. 

Experts in different disciplines enable excellent interdisciplinary diagnostics and treatment based on state of the art research. Inquiries from abroad are dealt with at the University Hospital by the Foreign Patient Service (FPS).

Our work includes:

- contacting the specialist departments,
- preparing cost estimates,
- scheduling treatment or diagnostics and
- invoicing and/or administering money paid in.

Our research in oncology is dealing with the principles of the formation of cancer and the improved diagnostic approaches and treatments of tumors.

Thanks to the advanced therapies made possible by research, the chances of curing cancer in particular have greatly increased in recent years. Improved surgical procedures, radiotherapy, drugs and targeted molecular treatment approaches' occasionally in combination with bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants' have yielded impressive progress in the treatment of our patients.

Our bone marrow transplant clinic is the leader in Europe and the second largest in the world, next to that of Seattle.

In addition to modern tumor diagnostics, many clinics are also involved in treating stomach and intestinal ulcers, leukemia and lymphomas, as well as testicular, lung, and eye tumors. Collectively, these departments form the West German Tumor Center.

Professor Dr. Dirk Schadendorf (M.D.):

Cancer is an experience that confronts patients, their families and friends with new challenges. And it’s no rare occurrence: In Germany, over 490,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year, including 1,800 children and young people under the age of 15. Given the increasing numbers of older people in society, the number of cancer patients may be expected to continue to rise.

But there is reason for optimism: Almost half of all cancer patients are currently able to be cured. Added to this is a large section of patients where progress of the disease can be slowed, giving them precious time with a good quality of life. This is made possible by advances in cancer medicine, in particular thanks to new-style anti-tumour drugs.

The doctors and scientists at the West German Cancer Centre (WTZ) of the University Hospital of Essen (UH Essen) are also playing an important part – as demonstrated by the “Oncology Centre of Excellence” award they received in 2009, and again in 2013, from German Cancer Aid.

WTZ is Germany’s largest cancer centre. It pulls together 14 specialised treatment programmes for cancers affecting a variety of organ systems. However, treatment of cancer patients involves more than just medical and technical expertise. At our interdisciplinary specialist consultation surgeries we inform patients individually, specifically and in detail about the disorders affecting them. We want them to feel they’re in safe hands during treatment – in fact, this is our main priority.

Personal care and attention is one of the most important elements of any successful cancer treatment. Top medical care with a human touch – that’s our aim at the University Hospital of Essen. And this is a claim we, at the

West German Cancer Centre, are happy to stand by.

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