The Department of Oncology, Haematology and BMT with section of Pneumology of the University Medical Centre of Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is an integral part of the “Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum” University Cancer Centre Hamburg (UCCH). It includes the division of palliative care which was established in 2008.
The UCCH is a network of 27 departments and institutes of the University Hospital all involved in cancer care and research as well as of 12 private practice oncology partners and of 6 affiliated hospitals. The UCCH co-ordinates the interdisciplinary care of tumour patients and co-operates with several other departments and Cancer Centre collaborators in this respect. It was designated by the German Cancer Aid as an Oncologic Centre of Excellence in 2009. -
The Department of Oncology provides 100 beds and about 3300 patients with malignant diseases are treated as inpatients yearly. The outpatient clinic has about 21,500 patient contacts per year. About 45 physicians and 90 nurses care for the patients all over the department. In patients suffering from incurable malignancies, tumour-specific treatment is always combined with supportive and palliative care. The department is QM-certified by the German Lloyd Certification (GLC) and certified as a centre of oncology by the German Society of Oncology and Haematology (DGHO) and the German Cancer Society (DKG).
In all UCCH departments, palliative care, psychological support and pastoral care are integral parts of patient care. Special support for children of cancer patients is available at the centre for “Children of somatically ill parents” by paediatric psychiatrists. Oncologic and palliative care boards offer an interdisciplinary dialogue on the complex needs of oncologic patients. A close cooperation with the pain management service of the Department of Anaesthesiology ensures availability of non-invasive and invasive procedures. All specialised departments of the UKE provide 24h attendance for oncologic and palliative patients securing the availability of emergency diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In the Department of Oncology, the nursing principle is “primary nursing”, which means personalised nursing on a one-to-one basis, with a primary nurse caring for “his or her” patient during every inpatient and outpatient hospital stay.
For end of life care, close cooperation with local hospice home services and inpatient hospice institutions have been established. If problems cannot be adequately addressed at home, patients can be submitted to the palliative care ward or our 24h emergency unit. A palliative care specialist and a medical oncologist, as well as chaplains, psychiatric and pain specialists are on call 24 hours.
Palliative and supportive care
Palliative care is provided by a counselling team, on an inpatient ward and at the outpatient clinic. Specialised nursing staff and physicians cooperate with social workers, psychologists, chaplains, nutrition specialists, pharmacologists, physiotherapists, music and art therapists in all palliative care services. The palliative care counselling team cares for patients all over the UKE. The inpatient palliative care unit will be extended from 6 to 12 beds as a full ward of the UCCH building in October 2011. The specialised outpatient clinic closely cooperates with the patient´s home care teams and provides advisory service for cancer patients and their relatives to assure integrated oncologic and palliative care as early as possible.
Palliative care education, staff training programmes and an interdisciplinary lecture programme for medical students are provided continuously throughout every year. Research projects on symptom control, improvement of quality of life, health care evaluation and patient communication, are currently ongoing.
Contact Personn: Prof. Dr. Carsten Bokemeyer (Head of Department),