Cancer research and treatment under one roof


NCT-Heidelberg: Center for Cancer Treatment

Cancer research and cancer therapies under one roof: NCT-Heidelberg: Center for cancer treatment and research opened.

Medicine and research under one roof. The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) was opened in Heidelberg today. Deutsche Krebshilfe had pre-financed the new building with 29 million euros in order to combine cancer medicine and cancer research at one location. "Our goal is that cancer patients are treated in an interdisciplinary manner and in accordance with the latest medical and scientific findings," emphasized Hans-Peter Krämer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Cancer Aid, during the opening ceremony.

Cancer research and cancer treatment under one roof The NCT is the first facility in Germany to combine all areas of cancer research, diagnosis and treatment under one roof, based on the American model of the Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The facility was initiated jointly by the Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in 2004. Shortly afterwards, the German Cancer Aid and the Thoraxklinik Heidelberg joined the cooperation. Up until now, the NCT was housed in a provisional residence on the premises of the university hospital, but from today all areas of cancer research and interdisciplinary medical patient care are combined under one roof in a specially built new building. About the completion of the new building, Professor Dr. Christof von Kalle, spokesman for the NCT board of directors, is delighted: "The patients and employees of the NCT are deeply grateful to the German Cancer Aid and the architects that after five years of intensive development of the center, such a patient-friendly, communicative and inviting environment is now available" .

New standards in cancer medicine This facility is "exemplary for the care of people with cancer at the highest level", emphasized the Federal Health Minister Philipp Rösler (FDP) at the official ceremony for the opening of the 29 million euro new building. Thanks to the close cooperation between medicine and research, promising new research results can be transferred directly into clinical practice, so the hope of the project initiators. "The new building of the NCT offers (...) the ideal framework for transferring current research results to the clinic," explained Professor Dr. Otmar Wiestler, CEO of the DKFZ.

The aim of the NCT is to set new standards in cancer research and treatment. In addition, the type of patient care is a major advantage over conventional facilities. An interdisciplinary team of doctors is available directly on site for cancer patients to examine and treat them without the need for long journeys for those affected.

5,000 cancer patients annually The experts expect around 5,000 patients who visit the NCT for treatment for the first time each year. In the NCT, however, the motto "Everything under one roof" refers not only to direct diagnosis, treatment and research in the field of cancer medicine, but also offers patients on-site psychological advice, nutritional and social advice and an extensive sports program Cancer specialists, sports scientists and physiotherapists also dedicate themselves to the influence of exercise, strength building and relaxation on the quality of life and the course of the disease in cancer patients, in order to take cancer prevention into account with the establishment of the NCT. (fp, 02.11.2010)

The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center, the Heidelberg University Hospital, the Heidelberg Thorax Clinic and the German Cancer Aid. The aim of the NCT is to link promising approaches from cancer research with patient care, from diagnosis to treatment, follow-up care and prevention. The interdisciplinary tumor outpatient department is the heart of the NCT. Here the patients benefit from an individual therapy plan that interdisciplinary expert panels, the so-called tumor boards, draw up promptly. Participation in clinical studies opens up access to innovative therapies. The NCT is thus a trend-setting platform for the transfer of new research results from the laboratory to the clinic.

In the NCT, interdisciplinary medical patient care and innovative cancer research are closely linked. In this way, promising research results can be quickly transferred into clinical practice. The NCT is supported by the Heidelberg University Hospital, the Heidelberg Thorax Clinic, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the German Cancer Aid. Deutsche Krebshilfe is the client of the new building for the NCT, which is located on the campus of the Heidelberg University Hospital.

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