History - Profile - Specialities
The Tumorzentrum Ludwig Heilmeyer-Comprehensive Cancer Centre Freiburg (CCCF), one of the first 4 designated comprehensive cancer centres in Germany, is an institution run by the University Medical Centre Freiburg and the Albert-Ludwigs University Medical School Freiburg it comprises of 11 Member Departments with expertise in cancer care namely Departments of General and Visceral Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Urology, Gynaecology, Haematology and Oncology, Gastroenterology, Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Radiology as well as the Institutes of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Cell Research. The central clinical facilities of the CCCF are tumour entity specific Competence Centres, focusing on different areas of oncology such as, thoracic tumours, gastrointestinal cancer etc. Up to now the CCCF has established 9 interdisciplinary Competence Centres according to the tumour entity being cared for. The Centres function as entry portals for patients with either newly diagnosed or suspected cancer as well as cancer patients referred for treatment from other hospitals or physicians, or for those who come for a second opinion. Organization of interdisciplinary tumour boards or their specific entities, establish clinical pathways and coordinate clinical trials with emphasis on investigator initiated trials.
The CCCF coordinates patient care and cancer research by optimizing the internal structures and interdisciplinary cooperation, including palliative care and continuing care of patients after anti tumour therapy. This approach includes palliative care, integrated in treatment decisions within the interdisciplinary centres, special services for psycho-oncological support, a service devoted to the children of cancer patients and a special psychosocial counselling service.
The structure of the CCCF research programme is directed by the fundamental principle that the main beneficiaries of the progress in cancer research conducted at the CCCF are ultimately the patients who are being treated and cared for in the CCCF. This guiding principle implies that an emphasis of the overall programme is essentially on translational research. The programme is firmly rooted in research activities of groups within the CCCF and other departments of the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg and the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology Freiburg. It extends into clinical research activities as well as cancer epidemiology and research on palliative medicine.
Palliative and supportive care
An excellent and peer reviewed Palliative Care Unit is the core and is well integrated in the Cancer Centre structures. In general a service for inpatients and outpatients comprises pain management including invasive therapy and radiotherapy, a psycho-oncological service provided together with the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine (inpatients) and the psycho-oncological service of Cancer Centre (outpatients), a clerical service, nutritional service, sports department with supervised training and exercise facilities, an information base, specific information on and treatment with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as well as emergency support. In order to enable home care for cancer patients in palliative situations, the Cancer Centre provides a high level specialized outpatient palliative care team, with 24 h availability.