Radiotherapy in Heidelberg: internationally groundbreaking
Radiotherapy in Heidelberg has a long tradition. The great surgeon and radiotherapist Vincenz Czerny (1842 - 1916) of Heidelberg was one of the first physicians to recognize the significance of interdisciplinary cancer treatment. He established, in addition to the “Samariterhaus”, which combined treatment and research under one roof, the “Institute for Experimental Cancer Research”. Additional to surgery from this emerged the “three pillars” of cancer therapy in Heidelberg:
- the Clinic for Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy at Heidelberg University Hospital,
- the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT)
- and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).
These centers form the basis of Heidelberg’s top international position in therapy, research and science. In Heidelberg, crucial developments in radiotherapy were made that defined new international quality standards in oncology radiotherapy. The Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT), which gives new hope for recovery to many patients with tumors that were previously difficult to treat with radiotherapy, is thus embedded in a unique clinical and scientific environment.