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Hubertus Wald Prize Winners

November 2017

Hubertus Wald Prize for Oncology awarded to prostate cancer researcher Prof. Dr. Fritz Schröder

The Hubertus Wald Prize for Oncology was awarded this year to the renowned cancer researcher Prof. Dr. Fritz Schröder from Rotterdam. His long-standing commitment and outstanding achievements in the field of prostate cancer research were honored with this award. The prize, which is endowed with 5000 euros and awarded every two years, was awarded for the sixth time by the Hubertus Wald Tumour Centre - University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH).

In addition, four young UKE scientists from the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) received the Hubertus-Wald-Young-Scientists-Award for oncological research: Dr. Simon A. Joosse from the Institute of Tumorbiology, Donjete Statovci, Laboratory for Tumour Immunology of the II. Medical clinic, Dr. Joanna C. Bartels, Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology and Dr. Franziska Modemann, II. Medical clinic.

Congratulations to all prize winners!

Read the press release (in German)

Palli Team

October 2017

Interdisciplinary Pain and Palliative Day at the UKE

On the last weekend in October, a large number of interested practitioners gathered again to exchange information on current topics concerning palliative care and pain medicine in a multi-professional way.

In the lectures and numerous workshops, new findings and treatment options for pain therapy and palliative care were presented and discussed. All in all, all participants were very satisfied with the exciting lectures, lively discussions and, above all, practical insights and experiences from the workshops.

DGHO Logo

October 2017

Young Investigators' Award of the DGHO

At this year's annual meeting of the DGHO (German Society for Hemetology and Oncology) in Stuttgart, Dr. Julia Quidde receives one of the Young Investigators' Awards 2017 for her work on quality of life in colon cancer patients.

Doctors and scientists under 35 years of age had the opportunity to apply for the Young Investigators' Award by submitting an abstract. The works of the young scientists, that received the highest ratings from the reviewers, were selected for the prize. The works come with prize money of 1,000 euros each.

(Logo courtesy of DGHO)

UCCH building

September 2017

New UCCH building officially opened

On 25 September, the new UCCH building in O43 was officially inaugurated by the UKE board of directors. Since July, the Central Entry Port and the UCCH Coordinative Unit have been located in the new premises in Building O43.

In their opening speeches, Prof. Dr. Göke and Prof. Dr. Koch-Gromus underlined the important position of the cancer center in the UKE, which is now united under one roof.

Prof. Dr. Bokemeyer then presented the most important milestone events of last year to the nearly 60 cooperation partners from practice, clinic and research as well as patient support groups.
In addition to the Central Entry Port, the following departments of the Oncology Centre have moved: Psycho-oncology, Palliative Medicine, Music and Art Therapy, Nutrition and Movement Therapy as well as the COSIP team. The Coordinative Unit comprises the Science Team, Quality and Strategy Management, Marketing/Communication and Medical Coordinators.

All previous consultation hours and therapy-accompanying offers of the central entry port for patients and relatives continue to run in the new rooms as usual.

UCCH Science Team
The UCCH Science Team coordinates the Research Retreat

September 2017

UCCH Research Network

The UCCH Research Retreat has a long tradition in the UCCH. Over 70 scientists and physicians met last weekend for 2 days to discuss their current cancer research projects, studies and publications.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer opened the event and pointed out the successful proposals and networking efforts in UCCH research. “There has been a series of excellent research funding in the UCCH over the past and current year, made possible, among other things, by excellent translational research. For me, the retreat was very impressive with many motivated scientists who presented high quality results."

More than 40 lectures from more than 11 research fields show the active scientific activity in UCCH," says Prof. Kai Rothkamm, the new deputy director of science and research at the UCCH. “The Research Retreat offers both established and up-and-coming researchers the opportunity to present their focus topics and to network. Such a vibrant network is the basis for successful research at the UCCH."

The special feature of the retreat: "Every year, we honour the efforts of young researchers with an annual award for the promotion of young researchers in oncological research. The award winners as well as the award of research fellowships is chosen jointly by election," says Prof. Dr. Klaus Pantel, UCCH board member for research topics. The prize winners for the young talent awards as well as the scholarship holders will be honoured at the upcoming Hubertus Wald Award Ceremony at the beginning of November.

Kinder-UKE opening

September 2017

Kinder-UKE ceremonially opened

The new Kinder-UKE, the Werner and Michael Otto University Children's Hospital, has a usable floor space of over 10,000 square meters. A total of 148 beds are available for the young patients in bright and light rooms.

The Kinder-UKE focuses on rare, complex and unexplained diseases. Main areas of treatment are cancer, severe neurological and rare congenital diseases, metabolic diseases as well as liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. It also houses the only oncological day clinic in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

“In the Kinder-UKE we have short distances between the departments involved in providing medical care for children and young people with complex illnesses. The diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with cancer or blood diseases is thus even more closely linked to the special fields involved", says Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Rutkowski, Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Paediatric Hematology and Oncology.

The move into the new building will begin on September 21st with ongoing operations, and all functional areas will be fully equipped from September 29th. A total of 600 employees will work in the Kinder-UKE.

Research Team Loges

August 2017

European Research Council honors Prof. Dr. Dr. Sonja Loges

A renowned cancer researcher of the UCCH was once again rewarded: Prof. Dr. Dr. Sonja Loges receives a so-called ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for a project to eliminate tumor cells from the bone marrow. This will support her research in the coming five years with a total of 1.5 million euros. Only in 2016 Prof. Loges was awarded a Heisenberg professorship of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

"With an ERC Grant, excellent fundamental research is promoted at European level. UKE researchers have received 14 of these coveted awards over the past years. This underlines the markedly increased international competitiveness of the UKE. I am very delighted for Prof. Loges", says Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus, Dean of the medical faculty and UKE board member.

The aim of the new research project of Prof. Loges is to use immunotherapeutic approaches to combat tumor cells that have remained in the bone marrow after treatment. "In the bone marrow, cancer cells can survive frequently despite aggressive chemotherapy or radiation therapy and later stimulate new tumor growth. In patients with initially curable cancer, the mortality rate is doubled when malignant cells remain in the bone marrow", explains the scientist. The reason why the human immune system does not recognize and eliminate the malignant cells remains an unsolved problem. Loges and her team now want to analyze the interplay of bone marrow cells and immune cells to develop therapeutic strategies that enable the immune system to successfully fight the remaining cancer cells. Prof. Loges has recently proven how successful she can be in the field of therapy development: With her team, she has developed an inhibitor for the treatment of advanced acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), which is now being tested for efficacy in an international clinical trial conducted by her. The promotion of fundamental pioneering research is one of the main focuses of the European Union. To this end, the European Research Council (ERC) was set up in 2007. ERC Grants are part of the EU's "Horizon 2020" framework program, which funds both the fundamental research and application-oriented research fields. The total funding volume for the program, launched in 2014, is around 70 billion euros by 2020.

ESMO Certificate

August 2017

Palliative medicine at UCCH receives European award

The European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) has once again recognized the palliative care under the direction of Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle as an "ESMO Designated Center of Integrated Oncology & Palliative Care" and therewith accredited for the next three years for the Designated Center program.

The objectives of the program are the further development of palliative medicine according to the national guidelines, the promotion of research with special research fellowships and the palliative medical training of oncologists and other specialists.

"In recent years, palliative medicine at the UKE has achieved an important role in the integrated care of our cancer patients. The recognition by the ESMO is a very gratifying result of the daily outstanding work of the entire multiprofessional palliative medicine team, as well as the good networking and collaboration with the oncological structures in the UCCH. The participation in the ESMO program will enable us to carry out network collaboration on a European level, which will provide important impulses for the care of oncological patients in the UCCH and the further development of palliative medicine in Hamburg, "says Prof. Karin Oechsle, who, since July 2017, holds the endowed professorship of the Hamburg Cancer Society for palliative medicine at the UKE.

In Germany, ESMO lists 22 centers as a Designated Center, the UKE has been accredited since 2008.

cigarette

August 2017

Fewer people died of lung cancer caused by passive smoking

Passive smokers, like smokers, have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. However, the number of deaths from lung cancer attributable to passive smoking has declined over the past 20 years despite a generally aging population. Scientists from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) have determined this in a study published by the International Journal of Public Health. For the comparison, a study was consulted, that had been conducted in 1994 by the UKE Study Director Prof. Dr. Heiko Becher, with the then current figures on this subject. The researchers assume that the decline is due to the increased protection of non-smokers since then.

In 2012, some 47,000 people have died of lung cancer. Among them were about 41,000 smokers and thus about 6,000 non-smokers. Based on these figures, the scientists have calculated that 7.6 per cent of the male and 4.7 per cent of the female lung cancer deaths are attributable to passive smoking in the group of non-smokers.

"According to our estimates, 167 lung cancer cases are attributable to passive smoking per year. This figure fell significantly compared to 1994 – at that time it was 400. Despite the aging population and a consequent increase in the total number of deaths of cancer, this means that significantly fewer deaths from lung cancer caused by passive smoking are registered than 20 years ago. This positive trend should be strengthened by further measures in the area of ​​non-smoker protection, "says Prof. Dr. Heiko Becher, principal investigator and director of the Institute of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology of the UKE.

In 2012, a quarter of non-smoking women and about 40 per cent of non-smoking men were exposed to passive smoking. In 1994, when a risk assessment of passive smoking was last carried out in Germany, about 60 per cent of men and 70 per cent of women were exposed to passive smoke, i.e. they were exposed to cigarette smoke through their smoking partner, at work or during leisure time.

More information about the Institute of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology

July 2017

UKE supports World Head and Neck Cancer Day

On July 27, the World Head and Neck Cancer Day is celebrated worldwide to raise awareness for head and neck tumors. This was initiated for the first time in 2014 by US actor Michael Douglas and former US President Bill Clinton in the USA. The goal is to raise public awareness for the risk factors of head and neck carcinomas and to provide information on possible therapeutic options.

The Head and Neck Cancer Center of the UCCH also participated again this year with a patient day for interested visitors and patients and thus supported the worldwide efforts to focus on information and exchange on this topic.

Numerous attendees followed the invitation and took the opportunity to inform themselves in short presentations, to explore the organ model of the oral cavity or to seek contact with self-help groups and medical experts.

The consultation offers for caring relatives and opportunities in palliative care were also used. In addition, the UCCH presented further offers such as complementary medicine counseling or the sports and exercise program for cancer patients, organized by the central entry port of the UCCH.

Photos: UCCH


Numerous visitors followed the invitation and informed themselves about prevention and treatment options.

The patient's day was opened by PD Dr. Adrian Münscher, head of the head and neck tumor center in the UCCH.

In lectures, Prof. Dr. Petersen, for example, informed the audience on the Functioning of Radiotherapy ...

... and Cornelia Reuß spoke about speaking after a laryngeal removal.

A special highlight was again this year the organ model of the oral cavity, which was to be discovered.

In addition to this, visitors were, among other things, able to inform themselves about the palliative medicine or the work of self-help groups.

July 2017

Rowing against cancer on the Outer Alster

The 8th charity regatta “Rowing against Cancer” kicked off on the 9th of July at the Hamburg Outer Alster in beautiful sunshine. Under the patronage of Andy Grote, Senator for the Interior and Sports of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, 65 four-man teams rowed for a good cause. The proceeds of the regatta will benefit the sports and exercise program at the Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum - University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. The aim of the funded project is to significantly improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

“Rowing against Cancer” is hosted by the foundation “Leben mit Krebs” in cooperation with the Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum - University Cancer Center Hamburg and the rowing society HANSA.

The regatta was opened by Christoph Holstein (State Council for Sport), Claus Feucht (Foundation ”Leben mit Krebs”), Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer (UCCH), Katharina v. Kodolitsch (RG Hansa), Werner Glowik (Regional rowing association AAC) and Lauritz Schoof.

One highlight of the day was the special race of the “Olympic winner” against the “medical team”. Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Lauritz Schoof in a single seater faced off against the four seater of the UCCH directors, including Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Prof. Dr. Andrea Morgner-Miehlke, Prof. Dr. Kai Rothkamm and Priv.-Doz. Dr. In the end, the UCCH directors were "beaten" and took the silver medal in good spirits.

The most important milestone of the day was the patient race with 7 competing boats from,among others, Frankfurt, Kiel and Lübeck. The boats drove under great applause and close to each other over the finish line. Also included were two boast with the patients from Hamburg, who were able to prepare for the competition for the first time during the new rowing training, which is organized by the RG Hansa (see news from March 2017).

In the end, the team "Lübsche Hydra" from Lübeck won. The teams "Schlawiner" and "Säbelzahn" from Hamburg occupied positions 2 and 7.

This time, the teams "MS Oh-nassis" (beginners) and "Braatzhammer" (experts) qualified for gold in the beginners' and expert races. The teams "Herzschlag" (Silver experts) and "Martini" (5th place experts) were also representing the UKE. The fantastic summer weather made the previous G20 riot forget. Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer said: "We want to set a sign with this event. This is Hamburg, the community spirit for the benefit of our patients – riots have no place in our city. "

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Rowing against Cancer is a charity event in favor of cancer patients
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The race was held on the Hamburg Outer Alster at the rowing society RG Hansa e.V.
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Rowing in front of Hamburgs skyline

A tight race on the Outer Alster
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Opening ceremony of the regatta
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Olympic gold medalist Lauritz Schoof
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Lauritz Schoof was racing in a close race against the UCCH direcors
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Winners of the patient race - Congratulations!
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Winners of the beginners race
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Winners of the experts race
UKE Life cover

July 2017

New UKE patient magazine with UCCH cover story

The UKE has a new magazine: The patient magazine UKE Life is currently published for the first time. The cover story "On Board" is about a young cancer patient, who was treated at the UCCH. The magazine will be published quarterly. It thus replaces the previous UCCH patient magazine “Aussichten”.

Press release (in German)

Online edition of the patient magazine UKE Life (in German)

Palliativprofessur

June 2017

UKE receives endowed professorship for palliative medicine made possible by the Hamburg Cancer Society

The head of palliative care at the UKE, Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle, will be appointed to the new endowed professorship for palliative medicine with a research focus on relatives of cancer patients. The professorship at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) starts at 1 July 2017. It is financed by the Hamburg Cancer Society with one million euros over a period of five years. In addition, the professorship is supported by the UKE and the friends’ association for palliative medicine at the UKE.

Press release (in German)

Photo: (from left) Cornelia Hlawatsch (UKE), Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer (UKE), Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle (UKE), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kleeberg (Hamburg Cancer Society), Monika Bohrmann (Hamburg Cancer Society)

June 2017

Innovation Network: Strategic Cooperation in the Field of Immunoncology

UCCH signs a strategic cooperation agreement within the framework of the “Global Expert Centers Initiative (GECI)”. The overall goal is to accelerate research in the field of immunoncology. The initiative is strongly supported by the company Bristol-Myers Squibb.

In the treatment of cancer patients, immuno-therapeutic therapy approaches, which use the body's immune system for the defense of cancer, are currently used mainly in advanced stages.

The aim of the new initiative "Global Expert Centers Initiative (GECI)”, founded by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is to better understand the fundamentals of immunological approaches and to implement them in clinical research. Hereby the capabilities of immunoncological treatment concepts for cancer patients are to be enhanced in the future.

GECI has a particular focus on promoting academic research and networking at university oncological centers of excellence. After the cancer center "Gustave Roussy" in Paris, the West German Tumor Center in Essen and the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg, the UCCH oncological center in Hamburg is now also signing the contract for strategic cooperation.

The newly launched study concepts for patients with head and neck tumors and with gastric carcinomas, which are currently being launched within the framework of a cooperation in Hamburg, are already geared towards the further development of immunotherapy in combination with chemotherapy and targeted therapy and irradiation.

(Photo: © Eisenhans – Fotolia)

Visitors at Prostate summit

June 2017

Prostate Cancer Summit: International experts meet in Hamburg

More than 200 participants came to the Prostate Cancer Summit, which was hosted for the second time by the Martini Clinic at June 8th - 10th, 2017 here in Hamburg.

The program focused on the most important topics in the treatment of prostate cancer, such as PSA screening, biomarkers, and the active monitoring and treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The scientific high-caliber lectures in the various sessions were presented by international experts, among others, from the USA, Australia, Canada and Sweden.

More information regarding the summit

ASCO

June 2017

UCCH strongly represented at this year's ASCO Congress

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's largest cancer society with over 38,000 members from 190 countries. More than 30,000 oncologists met in Chicago at the beginning of June to discuss the current state of research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Important topics were the latest findings in cancer prevention, immuno-oncology and personalized cancer medicine.

The UCCH was represented at the scientific level with numerous lectures, posters and abstracts. For example, Prof. Klaus Pantel, UCCH's Director for Research, gave a lecture in front of 1,500 listeners on circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the joint session "Liquid Biopsy", chaired by the two presidents of ASCO and AACR.

"The experience so far shows that the UCCH colleagues can give important impulses to the worldwide scientific community on the subject of research and get a great international recognition. This is an important aspect for an oncological center of excellence of the German Cancer Aid", says Prof. Pantel.

Medical colleagues, who were unable to travel to the ASCO Congress themselves, can get information about the latest results of the congress at various events.

Calendar of events for physicians

Cancer Survivors Day

June 2017

"Cancer Survivors Day" – 1st patient day of the Hamburg Cancer Society with the participation of the UCCH

On June 1st, patients, relatives and others interested were invited to a special patient day at the Hamburg Cancer Society. On the occasion of the "German Cancer Survivors Day", proclaimed by the German Cancer Foundation, awareness shall be raised annually for the situation of people who have been cured of cancer or live with a (chronic) cancer disease. The crowd was so big that many were not able to get a spot to participate. "This also shows us how important this topic is for those affected and that there are not enough offers for them yet," says Monika Bohrmann, psychooncologist and head of the advisory service of the Hamburg Cancer Society.

The odds have never been so high to survive a cancer disease for a long time or be completely cured of it. For example, more than 3.2 million people in Germany now belong to the so-called "Cancer Survivors” (source: DKG). But with the successful completion of a cancer therapy, many people are not as healthy as they once were before the illness. Many long-term survivors continue to suffer from physical, mental and social consequences for a long time. These are dependent on the original cancer disease and its individual course as well as on the treatment and the side effects that came with it. Cancer survivors often suffer from fatigue, pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and worry, cognitive impairment and polyneuropathy. But also the handling of physical changes and limitations by e.g. surgeries can be a burden on those affected. Not to mention the financial difficulties in which many former cancer patients find themselves due to long breaks from work or even permanent occupational disability.

The UCCH survivorship program, which was presented at the patient's day by the UCCH doctor Barbara Koch, also provides specific help.

The Cancer Survivors Day is to be celebrated annually by the Hamburg Cancer Society and the UCCH with a patient day at the beginning of June.

Discover the survivorship program of the UCCH

More information at the Hamburg Cancer Society (in German)

(Photo courtesy of the Hamburg Cancer Society - HKG e.V.)

Oncologists from Egypt

May 2017

Delegation of physicians to visit from Egypt

The oncologists from Egypt participated in the annual course for colorectal carcinomas, which was this year for the first time extended by ovarian carcinomas.

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Prof. Dr. Dirk Arnold and Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmalfeldt, the oncologists were informed about various aspects of medicine and research of colorectal and ovarian carcinomas.

In recent years the delegations came from China, Portugal, as well as other Arab countries.

Palliative Symposium

April 2017

4th Symposium on Palliative Medicine meets in Hamburg

It was only last year that the palliative station at the UKE celebrated its 5th anniversary. Thanks to Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle the UCCH is represented nationwide in committees and working groups, including the Cooperation Network of Oncological Centers of Excellence in Germany, which is supported by the German Cancer Aid.

Due to this commitment, the palliative team of the UCCH was given the honor to carry out the 4th Network Symposium on Palliative Medicine on April 20 in Hamburg.

How palliative medicine can be implemented as an integral part of the care of incurably diseased oncological patients and their relatives at an early stage is being discussed more and more in recent years. Nevertheless, many questions have not yet been clarified in this context. Within the framework of the 4th Symposium on Palliative Medicine, these questions were looked at from a multiprofessional viewpoint in lectures and were actively discussed. Particular attention was given to the perspective of nurses, psychological aspects and the specific questions in the integrated oncological and palliative outpatient care.

Since the German Cancer Aid established the first hospice in Cologne in 1983, it has now invested around EUR 70 million in the structure of palliative care in Germany. The CCC network, founded by the German Cancer Aid, and in particular the palliative medicine working group, is commissioned to strengthen these structures and to define and implement treatment concepts in collaboration with all parties involved. Since the founding of the palliative medicine working group, major steps have already been taken. For example, a guide with empirically collected best practice recommendations on the integration of palliative medicine into the care of oncological patients at German CCCs will be published shortly.

More Information can be found on the website of the German Cancer Aid (in german)

CAYA

April 2017

Fund for innovation supports after-care program for young cancer patients with 3.1 million euros

The fund for innovation of the Joint Federal Committee is funding the follow-up program for young cancer patients "CARE for CAYA" of the University Cancer Center of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) with 3.1 million euros.

The abbreviation CAYA stands for children, adolescents and young adults. In the next two years, a federal consortium of 14 locations, headed by the UKE, is to be formed with help of the funding. The goal of the consortium is to improve the networking of studies and treatment options for the benefit of young patients. The health insurers Techniker Krankenkasse and AOK Rheinland/Hamburg support the project as cooperation partners.

Specifically, multi-professional and interdisciplinary teams of sports therapists, nutritional counselors and psycho oncologists are to be formed at the 14 locations throughout Germany, which together develop an individual prevention concept for cancer patients between 15 and 39 years of age. The concept will include the topics nutrition and sports as well as psychosocial aspects to supplement the medical aftercare by hematologists and oncologists of pediatrics and adult medicine. It is therefore about the integrative prevention of long-term effects after a survived cancer disease at a young age.

The CARE for CAYA prevention program is currently under construction and is set to start in December.

"Particularly for young patients, it is important – in addition to the necessary medical follow-up examinations, in order to recognize disease and therapy consequences at an early stage – to prevent or at least minimize the development of long-term effects by early preventive measures" says Priv.-Doz. Dr. Alexander Stein, head of the German-wide program and deputy director of the University Cancer Center, the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center – University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) of the UKE. "The CARE for CAYA team at UKE's University Cancer Center focuses on fundamental issues such as diet and exercise, but also considers any psychological stress and the re-entry into school or work. The close co-operation and concrete agreement between all departments is thereby indispensable."

Thanks to progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer diseases, the number of cancer survivors of all age groups is steadily increasing and is currently estimated at 2.6 million in Germany. A special group includes the patients between 15 and 39, that survived cancer in childhood, youth and as young adults. The survival rates in this group of patients have also risen significantly in recent decades as a result of improved treatment options for cancer patients, so that the group of cancer survivors between 15 and 39 years is also continuously growing.

This development increases the risk of long-term consequences, which can also occur decades after the therapy. Patients between the ages of 15 and 39 are particularly affected. Two-thirds of these patients develop follow-up diseases caused by the cancer therapy. These can include physical problems (e.g. chronic pain, exhaustion, cardiovascular diseases), mental health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, adaptation disorders), social problems (e.g. abortion of school or vocational training, lack of reintegration into the working world, financial difficulties) and cognitive or neurological impairments (e.g. concentration or memory disorders). They also have a significantly increased risk of suffering another cancer disease.

"For far more than half of the cancer survivors, however, the need for support remains unfulfilled, particularly in the case of physical or psychosocial areas," says Priv.-Doz. Dr. Stein. As a rule, the patient is usually treated with a tumor aftercare, which is usually only performed by a doctor. "Our follow-up program, CARE for CAYA, is designed to sustainably improve the interdisciplinary and cross-linked care and long-term prognosis for young cancer survivors through the establishment of prevention teams at central locations in Germany," says Stein.

Discover the CARE for CAYA program of the UCCH

New management team
New management team

April 2017

UCCH starts with a new management structure into new funding period

After another successful and extensive review by an international expert group, the UCCH was once again recognized as an oncological center of excellence by the German Cancer Aid in July last year. The now third funding period starts on April 1st 2017. At the same time, the UCCH has reoriented itself in the management structure in order to be able to tackle the many diverse future tasks even more effectively.

In addition to his role as UCCH spokesperson, Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer took over the tasks of the UCCH Director. As deputy directors, the following are responsible for specific tasks:

  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Morgner-Miehlke
    Administration of the Commercial Department, Clinical Cancer Register and Personnel
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Rothkamm
    Head of the Scientific Department and the UCCH Core Facilities
  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Alexander Stein
    Management of the Clinical Department including the Central Entry Point

The new management structure of the UCCH is initially set for two years, and the substantive work of the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center is managed by the UCCH Board as before.

Rowing boat

March 2017

All-year rowing training for cancer patients

The annual Benefit Regatta "Rowing against Cancer" on the Outer Alster has developed into a permanent institution in the year’s sporting calendar of the city of Hamburg. For as long as seven years now, the broad-based athletes and cancer patients have been training and rowing together for a good cause. The "Active Life - through Movement" program of the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center - University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) is funded hereby – with the support of the foundation "Leben mit Krebs" and the rowing club HANSA e.V.

This program is this year being expanded on the initiative of the foundation "Leben mit Krebs" with a year-long rowing training for cancer patients. Patients have the opportunity to take part in rowing training all year round with others, and to integrate into a rowing community. The rowing training takes place 1–2x per week at the landing stage of the rowing club HANSA e.V. and is free for all patients. The training units are guided by experienced trainers.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, UCCH Director and Spokesman, says: "The goal of these exercise and training programs is to improve the physical performance of patients and to reduce symptoms such as fatigue or pain. A large number of oncological patients have already accepted our sports programs with great enthusiasm, thanks to the extraordinary commitment of the foundation "Leben mit Krebs".” Katharina von Kodolitsch, CEO of the HANSA rowing club, adds: "Our rowing organization has always been committed to the promotion of projects for a good cause. This is only because of the great joint commitment of all our members. We are grateful to the foundation “Leben mit Krebs”, without which we cannot realize this great project." Claus Feucht, Member of the Board of the Foundation, summarizes: "I am very pleased that the good cooperation with the UCCH and the HANSA e.V. in the recent years has led to the point where we are able to provide the rowing training to all cancer patients free of charge year-round."

KH Reinbek

March 2017

Reinbek Hospital becomes new clinical cooperation partner

The Krankenhaus Reinbek St. Adolf-Stift GmbH is a not-for-profit company of the Elisabeth Vinzenz Group. The number of beds was recently increased from 320 to 351 by the Kiel Ministry of Health and the area of ​​internal oncology was expanded. In addition, the St. Adolf-Stift Reinbek is an academic teaching hospital of the University of Hamburg.

In the course of the focus area creation, the management composed of Prof. Dr. Stefan Jäckle (Medical Director), Martin Klein (Director of Nursing) and Björn Pestinger (Commercial Director) recently signed the contract as a partner of the UCCH. Important components in the cooperation are the joint development of treatment routes, the exchange concerning scientific studies and the care of patients with rare or complex cancer diseases.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer says: "A further clinical cooperation partner strengthens the UCCH network – we would like to welcome the Reinbek hospital cordially and look forward to a productive, interdisciplinary cooperation in the care of our common patients."

More information regarding the Reinbek hospital can be found here (in german)

Photo: Courtesy of the Krankenhaus Reinbek St. Adolf-Stift GmbH

Testicular Cancer Team

March 2017

Testicular cancer action week

Testicular tumors are the most common malignant disease in young men. However, they can also be recognized very early in the process and can be cured in a large proportion of patients even in a very advanced disease situation.

On the occasion of the testicular cancer action week of the German Society for Urology, the UKE team invited to a network meeting. Patients and relatives were able to find out about the most important news. In addition the further interdisciplinary collaboration of the urogenital focus area, within the new funding period of the oncological center, was defined.

The UKE has been offering an interdisciplinary consultation for patients with testicular tumors for more than ten years, in which oncologists and urologists jointly diagnose and plan the therapy – a unique model in Germany. In addition, the UCCH is a second assessment center for diseases in early stages (www.zm-hodentumor.de) as well as advanced and recurrent diseases.

In addition, the UKE has been recognized by the European Commission as part of the “EURACAN Testicular Cancer Branch G 3” consortium to link the therapies of more complex cases across Europe and establish a European register of treatment outcomes. In addition, the UKE is one of the few centers in Germany to participate in a global study for the treatment of recurrent testicular tumors (TIGER study).

Westküstenklinikum

February 2017

UCCH welcomes Westküstenkliniken as new cooperation partner

The Westküstenkliniken Brunsbüttel und Heide gGmbH is welcomed as a new clinical cooperation partner in the UCCH network. The two hospitals on the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein with their 801 beds are considered to be one of the most important health centers in Schleswig-Holstein.

Joint objectives of the cooperation agreement are the cooperation in the definition of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, the possibility of shared tumor boards and the exchange in the development of clinical studies. Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, spokesman and director of the UCCH, concludes: "The interregional networking of our members is a central part of our UCCH mission. We are delighted to welcome the Westküstenkliniken in our network. Together we can now jointly pursue our goals to optimize the patient's clinical care."

More information regarding the Westküstenkliniken can be found here

Photo: Courtesy of the Westküstenkliniken Brunsbüttel und Heide gGmbh

Cooking class for cancer patients

February 2017

Cooking class for cancer patients

A winter salad, oven vegetables with rosemary potatoes and a lot more was on the menu, which UCCH nutrition and diet expert Julia von Grundherr prepared for the UCCH cooking class.

Already at the beginning the participants noticed the fresh smell of many herbs. “We recommend a healthy and balanced diet to all cancer patients”, says von Grundherr. “This evening we chose vegan recipes with many vegetables and fruits. Because the fresh herbs and spices have such an intensive aroma, we can almost cook without salt.”

The results of the cooking class were shared in a convivial gathering afterwards and the participants could gather more information on different aspects of nutrition.

All diet advices are based on the recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) as well as the guidelines of the German Society for Nutrition Medicine (DGEM).

At the moment, patients from the UCCH Survivorship program have the opportunity to get a counseling on diet from Julia von Grundherr.

Further information on the survivorship counseling program

Hannelore Hoger

February 2017

Charity event with Hannelore Hoger

In front of sold out rows the actress Hannelore Hoger read texts from Siegfried Lenz on Friday February 24th, at the Erika-Haus on the UKE campus. She is the patronage of the Friends Circle of the Outpatient Clinic for Psycho-Oncology and is actively involved in the charity events of the friends circle.

“Cancer patients and their loved ones need good psychological and social support”, says Hoger. The death due to cancer of the actor Hermann Lause – “one of my dearest colleagues” – touched her. Later, when she was asked by his wife Beate Lause, if she likes to support the outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology, she enjoyed helping.

Getting Hannelore Hoger as the patronage for the friends circle is a stroke of luck. This could be seen at her impressive and thrilling performance at the Erika Haus. The reading was accompanied by the harpist Mariana Paccagnelle, who played a song from Marco Antonio Sumann from her hometown, and the choir of the friends circle.

In the outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology cancer patients and their relatives will get support in difficult times by an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychologists, physicians and therapists. They help in coping the stressing and side effects rich therapy, give handy daily help and offer a wide range of complementary treatments.

The outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology is a member of the Hubertus-Wald Tumor Center – University Cancer Center (UCCH) network.

First Hamburg Day of Psycho-Oncology
First Hamburg Day of Psycho-Oncology

February 2017

Successful First Hamburg Day of Psycho-Oncology

“When we decided for the topic “familiy and cancer” as an opening for this conference series, we did not expect that much positive response. Already after a few weeks the event and all workshops were fully booked out. Thus, there is no doubt, that the aspects behind this conference are important”, says Prof. Martin Härter, Director of the Institute and Policlinic for Medical Psychology in his opening speech.

In four different workshops participants could exchanges their views on family and cancer in small groups and in the afternoon there was a program including keynotes and speeches about the outpatient routine work and scientific research.

“We, the Hamburger Krebsgesellschaft, enjoyed organizing such a project hand in hand with the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. We experience in our daily work, that there is a need for exchange among specialists only as well as with patients and relatives”, says PD Dr. Georgia Schilling, managing director of the Hamburger Krebsgesellschaft.

“Over the last years we have gained the experience in providing support for families and especially children – it is a pleasure to share these experiences and to discuss the observations of the participants”, says Dr. Frank Schulz-Kindermann, head of the outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology at the UKE.

The conference shall take place annually with different focusses and demonstrates the broad cooperation within the network of the University Cancer Center Hamburg.

Prof. Westphal is handing over the certificate to Prof. Chiocca
Prof. Westphal is handing over the certificate to Prof. Chiocca

February 2017

Hans-Dietrich Herrmann Lecture for Neuro-Oncology

The Hans-Dietrich Herrmann Lecture for Neuro-Oncology has got a different ankle each year, where topics are chosen in a rotating system from the three major scientific areas: oncology, neuro-surgery and basis research.

The Hans-Dietrich Herrmann Lecture for Neuro-Oncology has got a different ankle each year, where topics are chosen in a rotating system from the three major scientific areas: oncology, neuro-surgery and basis research.

This year Prof. Dr. Manfred Westphal, director of the clinic and policlinic for neuro-surgery invited Prof. E. Antonio Chiocca as the speaker. Prof. Chiocca is the director of the clinic for neuro-surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is therefore the successor of Harvey Cushing, who is seen as the founder of modern neuro-surgery around 100 years ago. Furthermore, Prof. Chiocca has got a teaching and researching position at the Harvard Medical School and currently president of the largest scientific organization for neuro-oncology – the Society for Neuro-Oncology. The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf is in close contact with his research laboratory, like sending post-graduated reseachers.

Although, neuro-surgery can tremendously developed in the last 100 years, the perspective of patients with glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, is still unsatisfied. In the last years different ways of therapy of this disease have been researched and presented. It was shown that glioblastoma are tumors of a big heterogeneity, have complex genomic structures and act divers in their adaptive reactions, which makes it hard to apply a targeted therapy.

Prof. Chiocca researches on oncolytic virus therapy of these brain tumors, and today even biological and chemical agents for the clinical therapy have been developed. These inventions in oncology involving tumor immunology and the identification of bio markers, have already shown first positive results in post-surgery glioblastoma patients.

Photo: Corporate Communications

February 2017

Hannelore Hoger reads Siegfried Lenz at the UKE

The actress Hannelore Hoger will be reading from the author Siegfried Lenz novels on February, 24 at the University Medical Center Hamburg (UKE) at the charity event for the benefit of the special outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology. There will also be musical backdrop by the harpist Mariana Paccagnella and the choir of “Freundeskreis der Psychoonkologie”. The charity event starts at 7:00pm at the festive hall at the Erikahaus (W29). Tickets cost 25 euros and are available at all Heymann bookstores. The money raised by the ticket prices will be donated towards the special outpatient clinic for psycho-oncology.

The event takes place within the framework of the First Hamburg Day of Psycho-Oncology. This year’s topic is family and cancer. Around 150 participants are expected for the congress, which means the events is sold out since weeks.

Further information on the lecture of Hannelore Hoger

Further information on the First Hamburg Day of Psycho-Oncology

February 2017

Federal Joint Committee: Innovation fund supports UCCH project

Cancer patients often experience a big change in their daily lives and life-quality. Currently there is no suitable - short and easy to handle - instrument to measure this health-related life-quality during the disease stages. Therefore, many patient’s needs stay undetected and untreated und there no verification if the problems have been successfully solved.

In the project a short instrument to measure health-related life-quality for specifically for cancer patients will be developed and tested. The patients will mark their general loading strength in five cancer-relevant areas. The tool shall detect problem areas like pain or social relationships much earlier and illustrate treatment progress better.

To identify relevant topic areas for the tool, there will be a comprehensive literature search and discussions and interviews with patients, clinicians and experts will be made. Using this information as a basis, the instrument for patient reported outcomes will be developed. Using the new tool, patients will be asked about their conditions at the beginning, during and at the end of their therapy.

Furthermore, the information will be saved in the electronic patient file, giving all involved physicians the possibility to access these details. This shall improve and steer the medical and psychosocial treatment of cancer patients. In case of success, the tool can be transformed for outpatient services or other chronic diseases as well.

The projected being funded by the innovation fund of the Federal Ministry of health is led by Prof. Dr. Holger Schulz and Dr. Christiane Bleich (endowment chair Clinical Healthcare Research, Institute and Policlinic for Medical Psychology, UKE) and will take place at the UKE in cooperation with the II. Medical Clinic and Policlinic (Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, deputy project head), the Clinic and Policlinic for Gynecology , UKE (Prof. Dr. Volkmar Müller), Clinic for Radiation and Radio-Oncology (Prof. Dr. Cordula Petersen) and the interdisciplinary Clinic for Stem Cell Transplantation (Prof. Nicolaus Kröger). Responsible for the biometry is PD Dr. Levente Kriston (Institute and Policlinic for Medical Psychology).

PD Dr. Adrian Münscher and Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemyer
PD Dr. Adrian Münscher and Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemyer
The eighth seminar of the Head-Neck Tumor Center
The eighth seminar of the Head-Neck Tumor Center

February 2017

Drug treatment tumor therapy of head and neck tumors

Already for the eighth time the Head-Neck Tumor Center held their seminar on drug treatment of head and neck tumors at the Dorint-Hotel.

The Head-Neck Tumor Center as one of the organ center of the UCCH developed active over the last years and will continue to play a major role. For example new innovative studies were initiated on radio therapy and the role of immune therapy of far progressed patients, which will contribute towards knowledge gaining in the field.

The program of this year’s seminar showed the steps forward and developments. PD Dr. Adrian Münscher, temporary director of the department of Otolaryngology, Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemyer, head of the oncological center, director of the second department of medicine and speaker of the UCCH as well as Prof. Dr. Rainer Fietkau, director of the department of Radiotherapy at the University Medical Center Erlangen, were the hosts of the event.

The feedback was very good – there were participants even from Austria and Switzerland, taking part at the seminar to inform themselves on the latest developments, principles and basics of head and neck tumors.

Further information on the Head-Neck Tumor Center

February 2017

Successful World Cancer Day at the UCCH

“Together against cancer” the slogan of this year’s information day in line with the World Cancer Day on February 04, 2017 showed the different possibilities and treatment ways for cancer patients.

Around 100 patients, relatives and people being interested came to inform themselves by listening to presentations, talking to physicians and exchanging knowledge with self-help groups. Participants were highly interested in the talks on supportive therapies, like complementary medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, sports, nutrition and psycho-oncological therapy.

Many personal questions referring to everyone’s individual disease could be asked during the “Meet the Expert” session, where specialists from all disciplines were present. Various networking partners presented themselves, like a patient and Dr. Erik Engel, who is outpatient UCCH cooperation partner from HOPA, and talked about their experiences. Furthermore, many self-help groups, booster clubs and institutions presented their services. The special part this year: four people won a cooking class with our UCCH nutrition expert, which is especially design for cancer patients.

Photos: UCCH

Many people visited the World Cancer Day

Many people visited the World Cancer Day
Pariticipants were highly interested in the presentations

Pariticipants were highly interested in the presentations
Meet the expert - patients talking to physicians

Meet the expert - patients talking to physicians
Patient talking to a representative of a self-help group

Patient talking to a representative of a self-help group
The happy winners of the cooking class

The happy winners of the cooking class
UCCH self-help groups
UCCH self-help groups

January 2017

Together supporting patients

On January 31, 2017 the UCCH invited participants of the cooperating self-help groups to the New Year’s Welcome to exchange ideas on new therapy options and new projects for the upcoming year.

The annual New Year’s Welcome for the representatives of the self-help groups cooperating with the UCCH has become a steady tradition. This year around 40 participants followed the invitation. As a welcome Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer and PD Dr. Andreas Block, self-group coordinator at the UCCH, summarized the past year and gave an overview for 2017.

After evaluating the feedback of the self-help group questionnaires and the self-help group’s workshop, this year’s talks were focused on the network. Avin Hell, UCCH communications manager, talked about network communications, gave advices for the self-presentation on the UCCH platform and highlighted communication topics for this year. Michaela Eggers, UCCH quality manager, gave an introduction on risk and error management at the UKE and explained the processes which lead to a successful systematic handling of errors and risks as well as the recognition of improvement potential.

The exchange afterwards showed a high interest in a close cooperation and further wishes, like a regular self-help group regulars, were discussed.

Further infomartion on UCCH self-help groups

EUROCAN Consortium
EUROCAN Consortium

January 2017

International networking

The multi-disciplinary center for malignant germ cell tumors of men at the UKE is a competence center of the Martin Zeitz Center for Rare Diseases and member of the network of the University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH). There is a close cooperation between internal oncologists, urologists, radiation therapists, surgeons, pathologists, nuclear physicians, scientists and psychologists.

This competence team was recently announced to become part of the consortium „EUROCAN Testicular Cancer Branch G 3“ of the European Commission. The aim of this funding is to archive the best possible treatment success for rare tumor diseases of germ cell tumors of the testicles.

In order to archive this, a Europe-wide cross-linked structure for therapy of complex cases is currently build up under the participation of Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, head of the oncological center of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Furthermore, a European registry of treatment results is planned. Besides the improvement of curing rates, the prevention of potential late effects of the therapy for this group of usually relatively young cancer patients is another focus.

The project is one of the five new big health care projects that the UKE is involved in at European level.

Further information in the press release (in German only)

Further information on the EUROCAN consortium

World Cancer Day Feb, 04
World Cancer Day Feb, 04

January 2017

A warm invitation to the World Cancer Information Day

“Together against cancer” – the theme of this year’s information day regarding the World Cancer Day on February, 04, stands for the various possibilities and approaches of treating cancer patients.

Patients, relatives and people being interested can look forward to an interesting program consisting of presentations, panel discussions and information counters, which show the broad variety of the UCCH services.

Participants can inform themselves in presentations about supportive treatments like natural therapies, traditional Chinese medicine, sports and nutrition as well as psycho-oncological therapy. Furthermore, experts from the different fields are there to answer personal questions during the event.

Different networking partners will present themselves. A patient and an office-based physician will talk about their experiences. Moreover, many self-help groups, booster clubs and institutions will present their offers.

The special part this year – we are raffling slots for a cooking class with our nutrition expert, which are especially designed for cancer patients.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Further information on the program

Oncology and urology Wilhelmshaven
Oncology and urology Wilhelmshaven

December 2016

Urological-oncological joint practice is new UCCH cooperation partner

With the end of the year the Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum – University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) expands its network of outpatient cooperation partners. The joint practice for oncology and urology Wilhelmshaven under head of Dr. med. Gerald Rodemer and Dr. Navid Berdjis joined the network this December.

“We have the aim to reinforce and integrate the numerous special fields of oncology into the network. We warmly welcome Dr. Rodemer and Dr. Berdjies with their team.” said Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, speaker of the UCCH.

Further information about the joint practice for oncology and urology Wilhelmshaven (in German only)

Photo: With a friendly approval of Dr. Rodemer

Medical Center Wilhelmshaven
Medical Center Wilhelmshaven

December 2016

New UCCH cooperation partner from Wilhelmshaven

At the University Cancer Center Hamburg the UKE intern departments and institutes work closely together with all external cooperation partners in an active competence network. The network recently expanded: The Medical Center Wilhelmshaven is now the twelves clinical cooperation partner of the UCCH.

Reinhold Keil, senior manager of the Medical Center Wilhelmshaven, Dr. Tanja Trarbach, managing director of the center for tumor biology and integrative medicine, and PD Dr. Alexandra König, managing director of the center for general surgery, visceral, thorax and vascular surgery signed the cooperation contract with the UKE. The goal is, to offer second opinion possibilities and further services of the UCCH.

The UKE is 200 kilometers located from Wilhelmshaven, which is the nearest competence center for cancer and underlines with the cooperation its position as a supra-regional maximum care hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome the Medical Center Wilhelmshaven as a new cooperation partner to our network.” says Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, speaker of the UCCH. “The Medical Center Wilhelmshaven stands for a competent and reliable partner in the Northern Baltic sea region. We combine our oncological know-how and are able to present a comprehensive service to patients from the region.”

Further information about the Medical Center Wilhelmshaven (in German only)

Photo: With a friendly approval of the Medical Center Wilhelmshaven

Hubertus Wald Awardees
Hubertus Wald Awardees
The awardees Dr. Malte Mohme and Levin Schriewer
The awardees Dr. Malte Mohme and Levin Schriewer
UCCH scholarship recipients 2017
UCCH scholarship recipients 2017
Many people listed to the research presentations
Many people listed to the research presentations

December 2016

Junior scientists received Hubertus Wald Award

How do tumor cells of brain tumors (Glioblastoma) influence the immune reaction of the human body? Which immuno-modulating processes are behind this? These are questions that Dr. med. Malte Mohme, assistant physician at the department for neuro surgery and scientist at the Hans Dietrich Herrmann Laboratory for brain tumor biology as well as the Institute for Tumor Biology researches on.

At this year’s UCCH Science Retreat in September Mohme was chosen for the Hubertus Wald Award for junior scientist by all participating scientists after giving a presentation including his results.

His UCCH colleague Levin Schriewer, PhD medical student at the Institute for Immunology and at the Department and policlinic for diagnostic and interventional radiology and nuclear medicine, was also chosen for the award rewarding his research on nano-antibodys extracted from lamas, which are used in the lymphoma therapy.

Both researchers got their Hubertus Wand Award handed over on December, 02, by Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, speaker of the UCCH, and Prof. Dr. Klaus Pantel, UCCH board member for research topics. The 5.000 euro endowed prize stands for the outstanding work and monetary support for future research. Many people came to the ceremony and congratulated the scientists for their research activities.

Furthermore, the UCCH research scholarships for 2017 were officially announced at the ceremony.
Dr. med. Lara Bußmann, Department of Otolaryngology, will research on head and neck tumors in the Laboratory for Radiobiology & Experimental Radiation Oncology. Antonia Beitzen-Heineke, II. Medical Clinic and Polyclinic, will analyze the basics of signal transduction of myeloproliferative neoplasms at the Institute of Tumor Biology. We congratulate all awardees and scholarship recipients! The latest summary of UCCH research topics on cancer

We congratulate all awardees and scholarship recipients!

The latest summary of UCCH research topics on cancer (in German)

Photos: UCCH

Laudatory speakers congratulating the palliative team
Laudatory speakers congratulating the palliative team

November 2016

Palliative ward at the UKE celebrates fifth anniversary

“Giving days more life” – is the maxim of the palliative ward at the UKE. On November 21, the division for palliative care and the supportive association of the palliative medicine at the UKE organized a celebration at the Erika-House.

Actually, it was a double festivity: The first steps towards a palliative care division at the UKE were made ten years ago and the independent ward itself was opened five years ago. Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle and Cornelia Hlawatsch, medical and care director of the palliative care the UKE, who had the co-ordinating responsibility, contributed enormously to the major developments in the last five years and warmly thanked everyone else being involved.

The board of the UKE, represented by Prof. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus and Joachim Prölß, did honor the outstanding work of the UKE palliative care team in the last years – especially in times of high-performance medicine, where there is also a need for human care for chronic suffering.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, in function as director of the oncological center, talked about the development of palliative care at the UKE as an important element of care. In addition to the impatient, outpatient and consolidation services, various multi-professional lecture and training concepts as well as a broad research field in palliative care have developed at the UKE.

Also Prof. Dr Ulrich Kleeberg, head of the board at the Hamburger Cancer Society, praised the humanitarian work of the palliative team and the good joint work. Laudatory speaker Dr. Dr. Jürgen Lüthje, head of the board of the supportive association, talked about the beginning of the palliative ward and was happy about the respect and the atmosphere at the event.

In his speech on “The good end. Respectful dying in history and now“ Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schulze, retired professor at the University Bamberg, talked about the way dying has changed over time, which social paradigms there are today referring to dying and which effects those paradigms have on patients, loved ones and palliative care.

At the palliative ward there is an interdisciplinary team of specialized physicians, care takers, psychologists, social workers, physio, music and art therapists as well as pastoral and voluntary workers making sure to give the best care to all terminal ill patients and their relatives. The goal is to create the best life quality as long as possible through that comprehensive care. Additionally, the palliative team offers besides its impatient care also consular help and outpatient consultation hours. The palliative medicine at the UKE is part of the Hamburg hospice and palliative network. There are cooperations with all hospices, specialized outpatient palliative services (SAPV) and further hospice and palliative services in Hamburg.

Further information about palliative care at the UKE

Photo:
In front from the left:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schulze, Prof. Dr. Karin Oechsle, Cornelia Hlawatsch
In the back from left:
Carsten Nordbrock, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Göke, Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kleeberg, Joachim Prölß, Prof. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus

Photo: F. Tomrlin, UKE

Prof. Dr. Morgner-Miehlke
Prof. Dr. Morgner-Miehlke

October 2016

UCCH has got a new commercial director

Ms. Prof. Dr. med. Habil. Andrea Morgner-Miehlke, MHM, (45) took up position as the commercial director of the oncological center and the UCCH on October, 01. The Oldenburg-born Morgner-Miehlke was division manager for research and development at Asklepios Kliniken Hamburg most recently. Frau Prof. Morgner-Miehlke studied medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and was a senior physician in the gastroenterology department at the University Medical Center Carl Gustav Carus at the TU Dresden for many years.

After completing a master’s degree in health economics, she took up position in the board business unit responsible for organizational development with a focus on networks and cooperations. Furthermore, she holds a lectureship in knowledge management at the APOLLON University of Applied Science for health economics.

“The cancer center here at the UKE already archived a lot this year by getting re-awarded as an Oncological Center of Excellence.”, says Prof. Morgner-Miehlke. “I look forward to contribute towards the goals and topics. In order to move the cancer center forward, I like to share my experience in medicine and organizational management and especially like to improve the connectedness of the different departments.”

Breast cancer information day 2016
Breast cancer information day 2016
The organization team of the breast cancer information day
The organization team of the breast cancer information day

October 2016

Successful breast cancer information day

Within the scope of the breast cancer month October, the breast cancer center and the UCCH organized a breast cancer information day on October 5, at the Neues Klinikum. The many visitors had the choice of 27 talks to listen to and three workshops to participate in to inform themselves about all aspects of the disease. Self-help groups, umbrella organizations, foundations and societies offered a broad spectrum of information and hands-on activities. It was the aim to reinforce the direct exchange with people being interested.

Photos: Felizitas Tomrlin, Photo department and UCCH

Arabic oncologists group I
Arabic oncologists group I
Arabic oncologists group II
Arabic oncologists group II

September 2016

Visitors from Arabic countries

Each year the UCCH organizes an international seminar on colorectal cancer under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Prof. Dr. Dirk Arnold and private lecturer Dr. Alexander Stein. After visits from China and Portugal, this year two groups from Arabic countries came for a professional exchange to Hamburg. The Arabic oncologists from Saudi-Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt and Dubai were very interested in the interdisciplinary treatment of cancer patients and had many questions on various aspects of the research, diagnostics and therapy of colorectal cancer.

Photos: UCCH

Heads of the Research Retreat
Heads of the Research Retreat

September 2016

UCCH Research Retreat 2016

Already for the eighth time the annual UCCH Research Retreat took place at the conference center Jesteburg. Around 70 UCCH researcher and physicians met for two days to exchange about their current cancer research projects, trials and publications.

“The Research Retreat is the most vital research event in the UCCH annual calendar. Nowhere else our researchers and physicians get such a comprehensive but also dense overview about the UCCH research landscape” says Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Speaker of the UCCH. “Over 40 presentations from eleven research areas show a keen scientific activity at the UCCH, which we like to support” adds Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier, Director of the UCCH.

The special part: also junior researchers get a chance to present their work. “In this collegial event, our junior scientists have the opportunity to learn how to present themselves and to answer questions on their research projects”, says Prof. Dr. Klaus Pantel, member of the UCCH board for research topics. “We honor these efforts each year with a young talent prize for oncological research, where the awardees gets selected during the meeting as well as the research follows.”

The young talent prize for oncological research won:
Dr. Malte Mohme (Neurosurgery) and Levin Schriewer (Immunology/diagnostic radiology).
Antonia Beitzen-Heineke (II. Med) and Dr. Lara Bußmann (otorhinolaryngology) received the UCCH Research Fellowship.

Further information on the UCCH research programs and services

Photos: UCCH

September 2016

Successful „Day of Knowledge“ at the UKE

With bright sunshine, last Saturday, September 10, many visitors, including many children, came to the University Medical Center Hamburg (UKE, Campus Lehre) to gain knowledge, to get astonished and to perform small experiments. Focus of the Hamburg-wide event was the topic “Life Science”. Many companies and institutes in the region, which are involved in science, prepared hands-on activities and demonstrating experiments.

The Senator for Science and Research, Katharina Fegebank, the UKE board and dean Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus opened the event by showing an experiment together with the NDR-science show “Plietsch”.

At Campus Lehre visitors had the opportunity to look scientists over their shoulder or carry out small experiments on their own.

The University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) was also present with a quiz for children, a game to explore risk and prevention factors regarding cancer diseases and a microscope station, where visitors could see the differences between healthy and tumor cells.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Pantel, head of department of the Institute for Tumor Biology, gave a presentation on the latest information on personalized cancer diagnostics and therapy.

Further information on "The Day of knowledge" (in German)

Photos: UCCH

Day of Knowledge

The Day of Knowledge at the UKE on September 10th
Day of Knowledge

Senator for Science and Research, Katharina Fegebank, the UKE board and dean Prof. Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus opened the event
Day of Knowledge

First experiment of the day: making raspberry ice cream in record time
Day of knowledge

Many interested visitors took part in the UCCH actvities
ESAB Meeting
UCCH External Advisory Board Meeting

September 2016

External Scientific Advisory Board at UCCH

The duties of an oncological center of excellence are diverse and complex. Therefore, the UCCH works together with an external advisory board consisting of internationally known cancer experts, who come up with new impulses and ideas for strategic and fundamental questions.

The external scientific UCCH advisory board came together with representatives of the UCCH to discuss the current funding period and the new strategic strategy of the oncological center of excellence. Members are:

  • Prof. Kevin CP Conlon MA MCh MBA FRCSI FACS FRCS FTCD from Dublin, Ireland
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Debus from Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. med. Martin F. Fey from Bern, Switzerland
  • Prof. Christoffer Johansen from Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Håkan Mellstedt, MD, Ph.D. from Stockholm, Sweden
  • Prof., MD DMSc, Jens Overgaard from Aarhus, Denmark

The international dialog is an essential part of the work of an oncological center of excellence. Of course, health systems differ from country to country but the design of scientific key issues and programs gets livelier through this exchange. Topics discussed were clinical research, the development of new clinical trials and the strategic strategy. Moreover, one key point was the positioning regarding “precision medicine”.

The external scientific advisory board meeting takes place every other year.

Photos: UCCH

July 2016

Worldwide patient information day on head-neck-cancer

July 27th is the worldwide head and neck cancer day. In the United States stars like US-actor Michael Douglas and the former US-president Bill Clinton are engaged in the event. German-wide Prof. Dr. Rainald Knecht, head of the Head and Neck Tumor Center of the University Cancer Center Hamburg was in charge of the organization. Contributing the global awareness raising, the University Medical Center Hamburg organized a patient information day for interested people to gain knowledge about these cancer types.

Numerous visitors followed the invitation and took the chance to inform themselves in short presentations, explored the oral cavity model and talked to self-aid groups. Particular popular were the free medical examinations like ultrasound scan, HPV-testing and endoscopy of the larynx and the throat.

There was also a possibility of a consultancy for nursing relatives and information on a palliative situation. Besides that the University Cancer Center Hamburg informed about extra treatments for cancer patients like complementary medicine, sports and art therapy.

Photos: UCCH

More information on the Head-Neck-Tumor-Center

Visitors

Many visitors took the chance of talking to physicians and getting a free medical examination
model of an oral cavity

The model of an oral cavity gave a visualizing example of oral cavity cancer
Prof. Knecht

Prof. Rainald Knecht, head of the Head-Neck-Tumor Center, gave the opening speech
Ultrasound scan

One of the free medical examinations was the ultrasound scan of the thyroid

July 2016

The UKE Cancer Center was again awarded as center of excellence

A huge success for the cancer department at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE): The German Cancer Aid awarded the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center – University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) again as a center of excellence after a long and detailed assessment by international experts.

Along with this honor, the UCCH receives a funding of 1.5 million Euro for the next two years and possibly another 1.5 million Euro after a positive mid-term evaluation. The UCCH unites all clinics and institutes at the UKE that are involved in diagnostic, therapy and research of cancer as well as works together with a number of specialists in the metropolitan area of Hamburg.

Please find our press release here (in German only)

July 2016

Rowing against Cancer

For the seventh time the charity rowing regatta “Rowing against Cancer” took place at the Außenalster Hamburg. Under the patronage of Andy Grote, Senator for the Interior and Sport of Hamburg, 58 teams competed against each other for a good purpose. The revenue gained will go to the sports program of the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center – University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The goal of the project is to increase the life quality of cancer patients in a significant way.

“Rowing against Cancer” is organized by the foundation “Living with Cancer” in cooperation with the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center – University Cancer Center Hamburg and the rowing club RG Hansa.

Photos: RG Hansa and UCCH

Rowing against Cancer is a charity event in favor of cancer patients - Photos: Ruder-Gesellschaft HANSA Hamburg and UCCH
Lupe zum Vergrößern des Bildes

Rowing against Cancer is a charity event in favor of cancer patients
The race took place at the Außenalter Hamburg as each year
Lupe zum Vergrößern des Bildes

The race took place at the Außenalter Hamburg as each year
Prize-giving ceremony for the senat versus physcians race

Prize-giving ceremony for the senat versus physcians race
The winners of the patient teams - Congratulations!
Lupe zum Vergrößern des Bildes

The winners of the patient teams - Congratulations!
The teams making first to third place in the beginner category
Lupe zum Vergrößern des Bildes

The teams making first to third place in the beginner category
Cheering of the winners in the expert category
Lupe zum Vergrößern des Bildes

Cheering of the winners in the expert category
Scientist at a microscope
Translational cancer research for UCCH junior scientists

June 2016

The 2016 UCCH training program “Translational Cancer Research for Junior Scientists” is now open for registration!

“Translational Cancer Research for Junior Basic Scientists” is a training program especially designed for UCCH early-career scientists (doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows with a training background in life sciences) who are particularly interested in translational cancer research. The program’s various modules which we offer our participants will provide basic research scientists with a better understanding of translational science and with impulses for possible adaptions of their own current or future research for maximum clinical impact.

Please note that this training program is no PhD program in the classical sense. It is not possible to obtain an academic degree via participation in the program. However, it is a great opportunity to widen one’s horizon and to network with researchers and clinicians in the field of translational cancer medicine. It provides modules that can be attended concomitantly to one’s regular lab work in agreement with the individual PI. As participation is limited registration is mandatory. Please scroll down for all further details (curriculum, registration process, certification).

Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016

Flyer: UCCH Training Program 2016

Contact: Dr. Natascha Kömm ( +49 (0) 40 7410 - 57932 , n.koemm@uke.de )

Detailed information on the curriculum and the registration process is available here .

Scientist holds pipette
Research fellowships for junior physician scientists

May 2016

UCCH Research Fellowships 2017: Call for applications


The Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum - University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) is once again requesting applications for the UCCH Research Fellowships for Junior Physician Scientists (UCCH-Drittelstipendien). Eligible for these fellowships are physicians in their 2nd to 5th year of specialist medical training who have a strong interest in experimental cancer research. Start time for research projects is January 2017 and the fellowships are provided for up to one year. During this time the clinician will be fully exempted from clinical duties in order to work full time in the hosting laboratory.

A defining element and specific aim of the UCCH Research Fellowship is to strengthen existing and facilitate future collaborations and research links between clinical UCCH departments and experimental UCCH research departments. For that reason the hosting laboratory may not be located in the applicant’s current clinical department.

For detailed information on the fellowships as well as on the application process please download the following pdf:

UCCH Research Fellowships 2017

Applicants are required to present their project proposals at this year’s UCCH Research Retreat in Jesteburg, Lüneburger Heide on September 23/24. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of UCCH senior scientists and the successful candidates will be announced at the UCCH Research Retreat.

Deadline for Research Fellowship application, Research Retreat registration and abstract submission is July 29, 2016!

Online registration for the UCCH Research Retreat is possible at www.uke.de/ucch-research-retreat .

Tagungshotel Jesteburg front view
Annual UCCH Research Retreat in the Lüneburger Heide

May 2016

The VIII. UCCH Research Retreat 2016 is now open for registration!

The University Cancer Center Hamburg – Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum once again welcomes UKE/UCCH scientists and clinicians involved in cancer-relevant research to meet for talks and discussions on basic, translational, clinical and epidemiological/outcome cancer research for one and a half days in the beautiful Lüneburger Heide. Participation is free of charge, regardless of whether you will give a scientific talk or not.

Date: September 23/24, 2016
Venue: Tagungshotel Jesteburg, Itzenbütteler Straße 35, 21266 Jesteburg
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: July 29, 2016

Registration:
If you consider to take part, please visit our website under www.uke.de/ucch-research-retreat which provides all further information on the event, our online registration form and all templates necessary for participation. There you will also find information concerning the application for the UCCH Research Fellowship for junior physician scientists and the Hubertus Wald Junior Investigator Award for Oncology Research.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Jesteburg in September!

Contact:

Breast Center at the UKE
Breast Center at the UKE

April 2016

Breast Center: Genetic test about gens BRCA1 and BRCA2 gives information about hereditary predisposition for breast and ovary cancer

If you have a case of breast or ovary cancer in your family and like to receive information about your own cancer risk, the Breast Center at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf now offers consultation and care for people with genetic predisposition for breast and ovary cancer.

Using family tree analysis, computer analysis an genetic blood test, you risk can be evaluated and we will discuss possible prevention or treatment options with you.

With the following family constellations a genetic test for gens BRCA1 and BRCA2 is useful:

  • At least two women with breast cancer; one being diagnosed before age 51
  • At least one woman with breast cancer and at least one woman with ovary cancer or one woman with both diseases
  • At least two women with ovary cancer
  • At least one woman with breast cancer in both breasts diagnosed before age 51
  • At least one woman with breast cancer diagnosed before age 36
  • At least on man with breast cancer and one additional person diagnosed with breast or ovary cancer
  • At least three women with breast cancer independent of time of diagnosis

You can find more information on the webpages of our Breast Center , one of our five organ cancer centers of the UCCH: Breast Center The Breast Center is a center of the German Consortium of hereditary breast and ovary cancer oft he German Cancer Aid.

Further information can be found at the web pages oft he BRCA network: BRCA Network (In German only)

World Cancer Day 2016
World Cancer Day 2016

February 2016

World Cancer Day February 4th – Active against cancer

The annual World Cancer Day stood under the slogan „We Can. I Can.“ The collaborative partnership between physicians and patients was put into focus as well as the idea that every single person can contribute to an improvement in cancer fighting.

Many visitors attended our annual patient information day to inform themselves about the latest research in cancer medicine and about the options offered at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. The comprehensive presentation and information program was designed according to the motto to strengthen the dialogue between patient, relatives and our physicians. During the „Meet the expert“ session visitors had the chance to directly talk to our specialists.

The cooperation with our self-help groups was one of the main elements at the day. Many self-help groups were present and informed patients about their work at their information desks

Brochure patient information day „Active against cancer“ Feb 4th 2016 (in German)

Poster patient information day „Active against cancer“ Feb 4th 2016 (in German)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier - the new UCCH Director
Picture courtesy of the UKM

December 2015

Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier is the new Director of the UCCH

Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier takes on the position as the UCCH Director on December 1, 2015.

His role will be performed together with the speaker of the UCCH, Prof Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, as well as the members of the executive board. Before joining the UCCH he worked at the University Medical Center Münster, where he held the position of the Coordinating Manager of the Comprehensive Cancer Center for nine years.

He will be contributing his scientific expertise in the field of tumor epidemiology and tumor documentation as well as his knowledge of translational research of biomarkers.

The team of the UCCH wishes him a warm welcome!

More information on Prof. Dr. Jörg Haier

More information about the managing structures of the UCCH

New web presence of the UCCH
We are online!

December 2015

New web presence of the UCCH

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf presents the new website in December 2015.

Over 10.000 subpages have been revised and edited - several hundreds of employees co-worked on this major project.

These activities included also the review of the UCCH web presence. The goal was to maintain a clear visual design as well as an improved access to the information and multiple structures of the UCCH.

We are looking forward to any questions or suggestions via email .

The winners in front of the Medical Museum
The winners in front of the Medical Museum

September 2015

Italian cancer researcher wins the Hubertus-Wald-Award 2015

Every second year the University Cancer Center Hamburg – Hubertus Wald Tumor Center (UCCH) awards international researchers for their contributions to modern cancer medicine with the Hubertus Wald Prize for Oncology. The prize was awarded for the fifth time on September 17, 2015. The winner, Prof. Dr. Lisa Licitra works at the National Tumor Center in Milan, Italy and was honored for her outstanding achievements in the field of head-neck tumors. The prize was presented by Dr. Günther Hess, the Chairman of the board of trustees of the Hubertus Wald Foundation, Prof. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus, the Dean of the medical departments of the University of Hamburg and by Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer, Speaker of the Hubertus Wald Tumor Center. Prof. Dr. Rainald Knecht, Head of the head-neck tumor center at the UKE held a very personalized speech for the visibly moved winner.

Additionally, it is a major concern of the tumor center to honor inhouse researchers for their contributions to translational cancer research, meaning the translation of their research into improved treatments for patients.

The Hubertus Wald Junior Investigator Award for Oncology Research was awarded to Dr. Stefan Horn, Research Department for Cell and Gene Therapy at the Clinic for Stem Cell Transplantation and Dr. Wael Mansour, Laboratory for Radiobiology & Experimental Radiation Oncology, Clinic for Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology. The UCCH Research Fellowship was given to Simon Schliffke, II. Medical Clinic, Janna-Lisa Velthaus, II. Medical Clinic, Dr. Yvonne Goy, Outpatient Center (Radiotherapy) and Dr. Lara Bußmann, Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology.

Congratulations to the winners!

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Further information on UCCH research

Young students of the cancer prevention campaign with Revolverheld and Sky du Mont
Revolverheld and Sky du Mont together with pupils

June 2015

10th anniversary of the prevention campaign „Non-smoking is cool“

The prevention program “Non-smoking is cool” celebrated its 10th anniversary in early summer at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Since its start more than 80 000 pupils between the age of 10 and 13 of more than 250 schools in Northern Germany were educated about the dangers of smoking by doctors of the UKE.

Numerous celebrities support “Non-smoking is cool”. Some of them attended the anniversary celebrations on May 28, 2015 in the auditorium at the Alte Fraunklinik and the press conference afterwards: the music band Revolverheld and the actors Svenja Beneke and Sky du Mont took part.

In the audience of the anniversary celebrations were about 200 pupils from different schools in Hamburg – showing high interest in the topic by commenting and asking questions. When a young patient, who did smoke and developed lung cancer, told her story, it was silent in the audience.

Also celebrities spoke about the experiences with smoking: e.g. the music band Revolverheld, which now promotes non-smoking concerts.

One thing is clear for the 6-graders after the event: Whether common cigarettes, shisha or e-cigarettes - “we will stay away!”

„Non-smoking is cool“ is jointly organized by the II. Medical Clinic and Policlinic and the German Center for Addiction Research in Childhood and Adolescence (DZSKJ) of the UKE and is a fixed component of the prevention programs of the University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH).

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Further information on prevention and education at the UCCH