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Departments

General Paediatrics, Oncology/Haematology

Oncology/Haematology

The department of oncology/haematology is certified (GB-A) for treatment of children with cancer. Approximately 60 - 70 children per year are newly diagnosed and receive treatment. The department participates in German multi­ centre trials, but is also active in the evaluation of new treatment approaches, especially for children with leukaemia, neuroblastoma, and other solid tumours.

Bone marrow/stem cell transplantation

Approx. 50 - 60 stem cell transplantations are performed per year. A special focus is on haploidentical stem cell transplantation, where the parents of the patients are stem cell donors. A certified laboratory allows stem cell processing and various cellular therapies according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines. With more than 100 haploidentical transplants for malignant and non-malignant diseases, including immunodeficiencies and neurometabolic storage diseases, the department is currently the largest paediatric center for this highly specialized transplant approach worldwide. An additional focus is the transplantation of mesenchyme stem cells and the adoptive transfer of virus-specific T-lymphocytes.

Organ transplantation

Liver and kidney transplantations are performed hand in hand with a highly trained multidisciplinary team which especially focuses on small children with very low body weight who are not regarded as transplant candidates in other centres due to their weight limitations. In 2007, 8 children and adolescents received a liver transplant, the youngest only weighed 4.1 and 3.9 kilos, and were the smallest organ recipients so far in Germany.

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