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Comprehensive cancer centre

Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Keilholz
oncology, haematology

About the department

The Comprehensive cancer centre at the University Hospital Charite Berlin organises connections between different tumour centres of Charite. The qualified specialists of the clinic take care of patients before, during and after anti-cancer therapy. In addition, the department leads various scientific projects, including the investigation of early detection, diagnostic, immunotherapy and radiotherapy of tumorous diseases. It is worth mentioning that the cancer centre participates in national and international research associations, including German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research, ERDF - European Regional Development Fund, and Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIH), etc. Furthermore, on the department's basis, projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Cancer Aid are led. Again, the comprehensive cancer centre is certified by the German Cancer Society.

The focal points of the department include medical care for the patients undergoing anti-tumour therapy. The centre offers a broad spectrum of cancer treatments and easy diagnostics and monitoring. Moreover, patients can take part in clinical trials. What is essential, the specialists provide psychological help for oncological patients and their families. 

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Tumour diseases diagnostic and therapy:

  • eye tumours
  • breast cancer
  • colon cancer
  • gynaecological tumours
  • skin cancer
  • Brain and spinal cord tumours
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer
  • head and neck tumours
  • liver and gallbladder cancer
  • leukaemia and lymphoma
  • lung cancer
  • gastric and oesophagal cancer
  • metastases
  • adrenal cancer
  • neuroendocrine tumours
  • pancreatic carcinoma
  • prostate cancer
  • thyroid cancer
  • urogenital tumours

Clinical studies:

  • intracellular and intercellular communication pathways (signal pathways) 
  • molecular diagnostics of cancer diseases
  • tumour immunology and immunotherapy
  • stem cells in carcinogenesis and metastasis
  • radiotherapy,
  • therapy resistance,
  • drug development,
  • early detection, cancer and age, cancer risks

Psycho-oncological care:

  • outpatient psycho-oncological consultation
  • outpatient talk groups
  • lectures InfoSerie Cancer
  • stationary consultation service in the Charité
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Doctor profile


  • 1977 - 1983  Medical studies at the Universities of Mainz, Heidelberg and Lexington/USA
  • 1984  PhD, Institute for Pathophysiology and Sports Medicine, University of Heidelberg


  • 1983 - 1990  Scientific Assistant, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Medical Clinic
  • 1986  Research stay at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA., Surgery, Department of Immunotherapy 
  • 1990  Specialist in internal medicine  
  • 1990 - 1997  Senior Physician, Medical Clinic V (Haematology/ Oncology and Rheumatology) at the Heidelberg University Hospital  
  • 1993  Specialization in haematology and internal oncology  
  • 1993  Habilitation for the subject of internal medicine, University of Heidelberg  
  • 1997 - 2013  Deputy Director, Medical Clinic specialising in haematology, oncology and tumour immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin  
  • 1998  Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Free University of Berlin 
  • 2003 - 2015  C3 professor for clinical and molecular tumour immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin  
  • 2008 - 2013  Deputy Director of the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, Berlin
  • 2013 - 2018  Acting Director of the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, Berlin
  • 2015  Appointed Professor of Comprehensive Oncology (W3) and Chair of the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center  
  • 2018  Director of the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1999 - 2006 working group for internal oncology, board member
  • 2003 - 2005 EORTC Melanoma Group, Secretary 2001 - 2003, Chair 2003 - 2005
  • 2003 - 2006 International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer (iSBTc), Vice President 2003 - 2005, President 2005 - 2006
  • 2006 - 2009 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) National Representative for Germany
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