Visceral Oncology Center

Dear patients,
Dear relatives and visitors,

the ideal treatment of patients with cancer requires the highest medical and nursing quality and a constant updating and adaptation of the therapy to the latest standards and research results.

To meet this demand, the Visceral Oncology Center was founded in 2013. It is part of the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), which has been funded by German Cancer Aid since 2007 as an Oncological Center of Excellence for the treatment of cancer.

 

The Visceral Oncology Center fulfills the quality criteria set by the German Cancer Society and has been awarded the distinction "Visceral Oncology Center with Recommendation of the German Cancer Society e.V.". In addition, the Visceral Oncology Center has a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001.

For all patients of the Visceral Oncology Center, an individual treatment plan is created, which is coordinated within the departments of surgery (surgical treatment), gastroenterology, oncology (drug treatment), radiotherapy, radiology, nuclear medicine and pathology according to the latest findings and research results.

Every patient suffering from cancer is discussed by the above-mentioned disciplines in the tumor conference of the Visceral Oncology Center, which takes place three times a week, and an individually coordinated, interdisciplinary therapy proposal is drawn up for the patient. For many patients, complete surgical removal of the tumors can now be achieved, often using a minimally invasive, sometimes robot-assisted surgical technique and the associated faster recovery.

Outpatient care and aftercare of patients is provided closely via specialized consultation hours for the individual diseases at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), the Clinic and Polyclinic for Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (VTG) and the Medical Clinic 1 (MK1).

The following pages provide general information about the Visceral Oncology Center, our range of services, treatment procedures and the different consultation hours. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Yours sincerely

Dr. med. Johanna Kirchberg
Prof. Dr. med. Gunnar Folprecht

Consultation hours

Here you will find an overview of our consultation hours. Please note the information on which documents you should please bring with you at your first appointment.

General surgical consultation hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Portal building house 31C, ground floor
+49 (0)351 458-4500

Special surgical consultations (pancreas, colon and rectum, liver and gall bladder, stomach, esophagus)

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
House 59, ground floor
+49 (0)351 458-3200

Outpatient Clinic Hematology/Oncology and Day Hospital

Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Portal building house 31C, 1st floor
+49 (0)351 458-2583

Please call us if you have or are suspected of having a gastrointestinal tumor.

Which documents are required for the first appointment?

Medical records

  •     Laboratory tests
  •     Tissue findings (histology, cytology)
  •     X-ray examinations
  •     Findings from computer tomography examinations
  •     Findings from magnetic resonance imaging examinations
  •     OP reports
  •     Physician's letters

Letter of referral

A letter of referral is necessary.

Dr. med. Johanna Kirchberg, FEBS

  • Head of the Visceral Oncology Center
  • Senior physician at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
  • Specialist for visceral surgery, additional training in special visceral surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Gunnar Folprecht

  • Head of the Visceral Oncology Center
  • Head of Oncology Department - Medical Clinic 1
  • Specialist in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Karina Noack, M.A.

  • Center Coordinator / Quality Management Representative

Email: karina.noack(at)ukdd.de

General

  • guideline-compliant diagnostics, therapy and aftercare
  • individual treatment plan adapted to the needs of the patient
  • implementation of the latest research and treatment methods
  • review of treatment options as part of clinical studies


Diagnostics

  • sonographic and endoscopic examinations
  • highly specialized nuclear medical examination procedures
  • Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • positron emission tomography (PET-CT)


Therapy

  • highly specialized surgeons with many years of experience
  • surgical equipment at the highest technical level
  • oncological surgery including minimally invasive techniques
  • DaVinci system
  • surgical intensive care unit with experienced team of physicians and nurses
  • highly specialized medical specialists with many years of experience in oncology
  • all aspects of individual drug treatment, primary and postoperative
  • professionally trained nursing team with additional training in oncology


Counseling, support and therapy-accompanying offers

  • psychosocial/oncological care: Support in coping with the disease through discussions and accompaniment of patients as they adjust to changed new living conditions.
  • nutritional counseling
  • tertiary prevention offers by the Prevention Center of the National Center for Tumor Diseases
  • consultation for a second opinion

The Visceral Oncology Center consists of a group of experts from a wide variety of disciplines, whose goal is to provide optimal care for patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, the esophagus, and the liver or pancreas through standardized diagnostics, therapy, and follow-up care. The successful treatment of these tumors must be interdisciplinary and individually adjusted to the patients. Accordingly, all patients presenting to the Visceral Oncology Center are discussed in the interdisciplinary tumor board, which takes place three times a week, together with representatives of surgery, pathology, radiology, gastroenterology, internal oncology and radiation therapy. Other specialist disciplines, e.g. nuclear medicine or orthopedics, are invited as needed. The tumor board results in a patient-specific therapy concept that takes into account national and international standards as well as current studies. This therapy concept is binding for all participants.

Below you will find an overview of the treatment and cooperation partners of the Visceral Oncology Center:

Work section

 Cooperation partner

Contact

Clinic and Polyclinic for Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Clinic and Polyclinic for Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Director: Prof. Dr. med. J. Weitz

Dr. med. J. Kirchberg

Radiology

Institute and Polyclinic for Radiological Diagnostics

Director: Prof. Dr. med. R.-T. Hoffmann

Dr. med. V. Plodek

Nuclear medicine

Clinik and Polyclinic for Nuclear Medicine

Director: Prof. Dr. med. J. Kotzerke

Prof. Dr. med. J. Kotzerke

Internal medicine

Medical Clinic I

Directors:

Prof. Dr. med. M. Bornhäuser

Prof. Dr. med. J. Hampe

Prof. Dr. med. G. Folprecht

Radiotherapy and radiooncology

Clinic and Polyclinic for Radiotherapy and Radiooncology

Directors:                                                                            Prof. Dr. med. M. Krause / Prof. Dr. med. E. Troost

Prof. Dr. med. E. Troost

 

Pathology

Institute for Pathology

Director: Prof. Dr. med. G. Baretton

Prof. Dr. med. G. Baretton

Gastroenterology

Medical Clinic I

Directors:

Prof. Dr. med. M. Bornhäuser

Prof. Dr. med. J. Hampe

Dr. med. S. Brückner

 

The interdisciplinary treatment team includes other cooperation partners from the medical field as well as from the so-called supportive services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, social services, psychooncology or counselling, with whose help we can offer you and your relatives the best possible support during the entire treatment process.
 

Work section

Cooperation partner

Contact

Anesthesia

Clinic und Polyclinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Therapy

Director: Prof. Dr. med. T. Koch

Prof. Dr. med. T. Koch

Pain Therapy

University Pain Center

Head: Prof. Dr. med. R. Sabatowski

Prof. Dr. med. R. Sabatowski

Palliative Care

University Palliative Center

Director: PD Dr. med. U. Schuler

PD Dr. med. U. Schuler

Social Service

Social Services at the Nursing, Service, Documentation Business Unit

Head: Tom Seidel

Frau Zeibig

Frau Lammek

Psychooncology

Psychooncology service

Head: Dipl.-Psych. B. Hornemann

Dipl.-Psych. B. Hornemann

Stomatherapy

Clinic and Polyclinic for Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Director: Prof. Dr. med. J. Weitz

Frau Michalczyk

Nutritional counseling

UKD Service GmbH

Frau Körner

Frau Gründer

Pastoral care

Ecumenical Pastoral Care Center

Pf. M. Leonhardi

Pf. K. Wunderland

Pf. Christoph Behrens

Dipl.-Theol. P. Brinker

 

You can find the organization chart of the Visceral Oncology Center here.

The Gastrointestinal Tumor Board of the Visceral Oncology Center takes place three times a week. (Specialist) physicians in private practice and 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.

Gastrointestinal tumor board times

Mondays

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

House 31c, ground floor, room 0.1111

Wednesdays

3 pm - 4:45 pm

House 31c, ground floor, room 0.1111

Thursdays

3 pm - 4 pm

House 31c, ground floor, room 0.1111

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

Since 2014, the Visceral Oncology Center has met the quality criteria set by the German Cancer Society and has been awarded the title "Visceral Oncology Center with Recommendation of the German Cancer Society e.V.". In addition, the Visceral Oncology Center has a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001. The following tumor entities are certified as part of the Visceral Oncology Center:

  • Colorectal cancer (colon and rectum)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

 

Benefits of a certified center:

Center as a network

The main feature of a certified center is a quality-assured network that covers the entire treatment chain for a patient and meets high quality standards. This ensures that patients receive the best possible care according to the latest scientific criteria, from diagnosis through treatment, inpatient and outpatient, to aftercare. The cooperation of the network is visible, for example, in the interdisciplinary tumor conferences, in which patients are presented and discussed with all treatment partners.

Guidelines

The implementation of the S3 guidelines in the requirement catalogs of the certified centers is a central component of the certification system of the German Cancer Society: the current evidence-based treatment recommendations from the guidelines are integrated in the requirement catalogs for the centers. Their application is monitored in the annual audits.  

Quality management/audits

Every year, qualified experts visit the center and check on site that the quality requirements are being met. The continuous review of the centers and the feedback from the dialogue with the auditors make continuous voluntary quality improvement possible for the center.

Decision support for patients

As a patient, you must help make decisions about your treatment options after receiving detailed information from the physicians treating you. The clear and transparent presentation of a certified center can help you in this process: As a patient, you have access to a network of treatment partners in which all participants have committed themselves to the quality requirements of the certified center. As a patient, you know that the quality seal "certified center" guarantees a high quality of treatment and you have access to qualified concrete contact persons.
 

Specifically

  • certified centers offer early detection, diagnostics, therapy and aftercare under one roof
  • certified centers cooperate across sectors, disciplines and professional groups
  • measurable quality based on defined key figures and indicators from the German Cancer Society
  • annual review of the fulfillment of professional requirements by external independent assessments
  • specifications from the medical guidelines are the basis for determining the key figures and quality indicators  
  • optimal design of transitions and workflows between the various professional groups and disciplines
  • establishment of common, clearly defined long-term and short-term goals that are regularly reviewed
  • transparent and systematic presentation of all work processes and responsibilities in a management manual
  • the management manual is the binding working basis for all employees and regulates the cooperation with the participating facilities
  • annual internal audits with all cooperation partners for the continuous development of the center

Current events of the NCT/UCC Dresden can be found here.