Head and Neck Tumor Center


In many patients, tumors in the head and neck region are detected late, because they can initially grow unnoticed and rarely lead to symptoms early on. Complex treatment, such as that offered at our university center, is then often necessary when the tumor reaches an advanced stage. In addition, it is important to detect tumors at an early stage, which is a diagnostic challenge. This can be accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach in a specialized center.

To meet this demand, the interdisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Center has made progress in recent years. Since 2007, the NCT/UCC has been certified by Deutsche Krebshilfe (DKH) as an Oncological Center of Excellence for the treatment of cancer. In 2019, the Head and Neck Tumor Center at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC) was established as an organ cancer center.

The Head and Neck Tumor Center at the NCT/UCC Dresden meets the quality criteria set by the German Cancer Society (DKG) and is a DKG-recommended head and neck tumor center. In addition, it has a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.

The aim of the Head and Neck Tumor Center is to offer patients with tumor diseases in this area optimal diagnostics, personalized treatment and aftercare in line with the latest medical knowledge. Through close cooperation between the various departments, consisting of an interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of otorhinolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, radiotherapy, pathology, radiology and hematology/oncology, we ensure optimal, interdisciplinary, personalized therapy at the highest medical level, and create individual concepts based on the latest scientific findings.


We, the team of the Head and Neck Tumor Center, will accompany you on your journey from diagnostics to therapy to aftercare, and are always available to advise you.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Zahnert                              Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Günter Lauer

Dr. med. Max Kemper                                                      Dr. med. Dominik Haim

Consultation hours


Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology

House 83, ground floor

ENT consultation for tumor patients

Mon - Fri

8 a.m. till 12.30 p.m.
0351 458-3708
Appointments:                 Ambulanz.HNO(at)ukdd.de
Professional questions:    HNO-Tumorzentrum(at)ukdd.de

Tumor consultation


8 a.m. till 3 p.m.
8 a.m. till 12 p.m.
0351 458-19843
Appointments:                 Ambulanz.HNO(at)ukdd.de
Professional questions:    HNO-Tumorzentrum(at)ukdd.de


Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

House 28, first floor

General consultation for oral and maxillofacial patients and new admission of tumor patients

Tue - Wed

9 a.m. till 5.30 p.m.
8 a.m. till 3.30 p.m.
9 a.m. till 3.30 p.m.
8 a.m. till 2.30 p.m.
0351 458-2710

Tumor consultation for aftercare


8 a.m. till 2.30 p.m.
0351 458-2710

Please send us your medical records and findings in advance, if you already have them, and bring a valid letter of referral and your insurance card with you to your appointment.

Head of Head and Neck Tumor Center

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Zahnert

Head of Head and Neck Tumor Center

  • Director of the Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology

Phone:       +49 (0)351 458 4420
E-mail:      orl(at)ukdd.de

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Günter Lauer

Head of Head and Neck Tumor Center

  • Director of the Dept. of Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Phone:     +49 (0)351 458 3382
E-mail:    mkg-chirurgie(at)ukdd.de

Dr. med. Max Kemper

Deputy head of Head and Neck Tumor Center

•    Functional senior physician, Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology

Phone:    +49 (0)351 458 2264

✉ E-Mail

Dr. med. Dominik Haim

Deputy head of Head and Neck Tumor Center

•    Specialist for oral and maxillofacial surgery

Phone:    +49 (0)351 458 3382

✉ E-Mail

Central medical contact persons

Dr. med. Steffen Appold

Specialist for radiotherapy
Senior physician of the Dept. of Radiation Oncology

Phone:    +49 (0)351 458 3282

✉ E-Mail

Dr. med. Ulrike Ubbelohde

Specialist in hematology and oncology/palliative medicine, senior functional physician
Dept. of Medicine I

Phone:    +49 (0)351 458 2311

✉ E-Mail

Center coordination

Jasmin Eichler

Coordinator of the Head and Neck Tumor Center

Quality management respresentative of the NCT/UCC

Tel.:    +49 (0)351 458 7670

✉ E-Mail


Main focus

  • Tumors of the oral cavity
  • Tumors of the tonsils, base of the tongue and pharynx
  • Tumors of the larynx
  • Tumors of the jaw
  • Tumors of the nose, paranasal sinuses, frontobasal and laterobasal regions and salivary glands
  • Tumors of the ear and orbit
  • Tumors of the soft tissues of the neck including the lymphatic drainage system, vessels and nerves
  • Tumors of the skin in the head and neck region



  • Endoscopic examinations
  • Imaging diagnostics including sonography, computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET-CT; PET-MRI)
  • Special examination and X-ray diagnostics of jaws and teeth
  • Tissue sampling (biopsy), histological examinations
  • Swallowing tests
  • Highly specialized nuclear medicine examination procedures



  • Treatment plans individually tailored to the patient's needs
  • Surgery using the latest surgical techniques including laser surgery, ultrasound scalpel, PiezoSurgery, surgical microscope and intraoperative computer navigation
  • Restoration of function and form after tumor resection by means of free grafting of soft tissue and bone
  • Radiotherapy incl. proton therapy
  • Systemic therapies (immunotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy incl. antibody therapy)


Counseling, support and therapy-accompanying services

  • Psycho-oncological care
  • Socio-legal advice
  • Speech therapy
  • Phoniatrics
  • Masticatory rehabilitation
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Follow-up examinations during consultation hours
  • Support services following treatment via the Prevention Center of the NCT/UCC
  • Specialized outpatient palliative care
  • Nurse counseling for patients and relatives
  • Presentation for second opinion
  • Oncological nursing rounds

Every patient of the Head and Neck Tumor Center at the NCT/UCC Dresden is presented and discussed in the Head and Neck Tumor Conference, which takes place once a week. The diagnostic and therapeutic procedure is determined individually by the experts of the respective fields. (Specialist) physicians in private practice as well as medical colleagues from hospitals in the region can also present their patients in our interdisciplinary tumor conferences and receive a therapy recommendation when all necessary examination results are available.

Time of the tumor board:

Tuesdays 01:45 - 02:45 p.m. house 136, 1st floor, room 1.113

An overview of all tumor boards of the National Center for Tumor Diseases as well as registration information can be found here.

Since 2021, the Head and Neck Tumor Center has met the quality criteria set by the German Cancer Society and has been awarded the distinction "Head and Neck Tumor Center with Recommendation of the German Cancer Society e.V.". Since 2022, the Head and Neck Tumor Center has also had a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001.

T.U.L.P.E. e.V. - Federal Self-Help Association for Neck, Head and Facial Disabled Persons

T.U.L.P.E. e.V. is an independent self-help association, in which affected persons, their relatives, experts, as well as persons interested in the topic have joined together. A special highlight for the members of the self-help group is the quarterly, association-internal magazine EpiFace for the constant clearing-up over novelties in the medicine and their procedures.

Contact person: Doris Frensel 
E-mail: doris.frensel(at)tulpe.org


Self-help network head neck M.U.N.D. - cancer

The self-help network Kopf-Hals-M.U.N.D.- Krebs e.V. was founded on November 27, 2015 in Berlin. It is a solidarity community under construction of people with cancer in the head-neck-mouth area as well as their relatives. 

- Talking with like-minded people about living with the disease and coping with it with affected people/staff on the phone, at self-help group meetings and as part of patient care (visits by affected people before and after surgery in the hospital and at home). 
- Information at events (local, regional, national)
- Information in publications such as the Blue Booklets of the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe)
- Information (also addresses and dates) on our website and on request
- Referral to professional counseling
- We strive for a cancer-related representation of interests: e.g. with health insurance companies, pension offices, in health and social policy for the areas of medicine, rehabilitation, supply of medicines and remedies, social assistance and self-help.

Self-help network head-neck-mouth-cancer e.V.
Thomas Mann Str. 40
53111 Bonn

E-Mail: info@kopf-hals-mund-krebs.de 
Website: www.kopf-hals-mund-krebs.de


Federal association larynx and head neck tumors

The federal federation cares for all in the Federal Republic of Germany existing 14 regional federations and more than 150 district and local associations, sections and groups of self-helps (member organizations), in order to carry out social work in time for the well-being of all larynx-operated and at head neck tumor-illnesses. The Federal Association has nearly 3,500 members nationwide, of whom approximately 10 percent are active volunteers.

Federal Association of Laryngeal and Head and Neck Tumors e.V.
Thomas Mann Str. 40
53111 Bonn

Telephone: 0228 33889 300
fax: 0228 33889 310

E-mail: geschaeftsstelle@kehlkopfoperiert-bv.de
Website: www.kehlkopfoperiert-bv.de

Contact person: 

Mr. Jürgen Lippert (Vice President)
Phone: 03741 221593
E-mail: Lippert.Juergen(at)t-online.de


Contact and Information Center for Self-Help Groups Dresden

The Contact and Information Center for Self-Help Groups Dresden offers support and advice to interested citizens and existing self-help groups. If you have questions about self-help or are looking for a suitable self-help group, you are welcome to contact the KISS:

Ehrlichstrasse 3
01067 Dresden

Phone: 0351 2 06 19 85
fax: 0351 5 00 76 36

E-mail: kiss@dresden.de
Website: www.dresden.de/selbsthilfe


Cancer Information Service

The DKFZ's Cancer Information Service (KID) provides patients, interested members of the public and experts with individual answers to all questions on the subject of cancer. The KID provides information on all cancer-related topics in understandable language by telephone, e-mail and on the Internet.
KID also sees an important task in providing addresses and contact points for those seeking help.

German Cancer Research Center
Neuheimer Field 280
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: 0800 4203040 (toll-free)
Website: www.krebsinformationsdienst.de


Further information (in German)