Proton therapy for brain tumours (tumours of the central nervous system)

On this page we would like to give you some important information about the high-precision and, at the same time, gentle possibilities for the irradiation of brain tumours with protons. We fundamentally treat all types of brain tumours, both benign and malignant. Furthermore, our centre has particular expertise in the therapy of rare tumours, such as ependymomas, medulloblastomas, rhabdoid tumours, craniopharyngeomas or pituitary adenomas.

Treatable diseases

  • AT/RT (atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour)
  • Astrocytoma (including oligoastrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, etc.)
  • Choroid plexus papilloma
  • Ependymoma
  • Glioma grade I , II,III, IV
  • Glioblastoma
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Germ cell tumour (germinoma)
  • Medulloblastoma, stPNET
  • Meningeoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pallentesque est
  • Pallentesque est

Examples of specific tumour forms (partly benign, partly malignant):

  • Acoustic neurinoma
  • Atypical neurocytoma
  • Craniopharyngeoma
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma
  • Pituitary adenoma

We also treat rare tumours of the central nervous system. Ask us about these!
And we also have particular expertise in the irradiation of the craniospinal axis.

Is proton therapy an option for me?

If you have a recommendation for radiotherapy from your attending medical specialist or oncologist, proton therapy is in principle possible. Decisive, however, is always the individual indication. Consequently, our radiotherapy specialists (radio-oncologists) examine each individual case beforehand.

Can proton therapy be combined with other therapies?

Proton therapy is usually part of an interdisciplinary therapy concept, which also considers alternative therapies and recommendations from various other oncological disciplines. In principle, proton therapy can take place both before and after surgery or chemotherapy. Also a parallel chemotherapy is possible. Depending on the distance, this can be done either in your home hospital / home office or directly in the University Hospital Essen. Our Case Management will gladly advise you individually.

Documents needed

For a first quick and individual check of whether proton therapy is suitable for you in princible, we need a summary medical report or alternatively the doctor and surgical reports in English or German as well as up-to-date CT or MRI images.
For the subsequent planning of your therapy, we need additional documents, which we have compiled for you in this list. If you have further questions, our Case Management will be happy to help.

Contacting us

If you have questions or would like to know if proton therapy (PT) is an option for you, do not hesitate to contact us directly – even if your clinical picture is not listed here.

The course of therapy is always oriented to your individual indication and situation, advise you with the compilation of the required documentation, and initiate the examination of these by a radio-oncologist of the West German Proton Therapy Centre Essen (WPE).

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