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Department of radiation therapy and oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Claus Rodel
therapeutic radiology and oncology

About the department

The department of radiation therapy and oncology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University treats approximately 1,300 patients every year. As a part of the University Center for Tumor Diseases (UCT), the department provides radiation therapy, which is a central pillar in cancer treatment along with chemotherapy and surgery. The latest equipment for the best therapeutic results is used. For example, stereotactic high-precision irradiation using modern linear accelerators, or Cyberknife allows "radiosurgical" treating tumours that move along breathing, for example, in the lungs or liver. Some uniquely complex techniques are performed by the department's doctors, such as Total body irradiation (TBI), irradiation of the entire patient before a stem cell transplant in leukaemia therapy. The department has 20 years of experience in this complex method. A specialized team offers expertise in brachytherapy (short-distance radiation therapy) that is unique in the region, especially for prostate carcinoma, cervical carcinoma, and breast carcinoma. 

All radio-sensitive cancer tumours can be treated at the department, combined with other oncological methods (chemotherapy, surgery) or alone. Head and neck cancers and bladder and prostate carcinomas are predominantly treated with radiosurgery.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Treatment spectrum:

  • Superficial and muscle-invasive bladder cancer 
  • Oesophagus and cardia carcinoma
  • Anal carcinoma 
  • Primarily inoperable pancreatic carcinoma
  • Brain tumours
  • Tumours in the ENT area 
  • Bronchial carcinoma
  • Soft tissue tumours
  • Breast cancer in women 
  • Prostate carcinoma
  • Cervical carcinoma
  • Uterine corpus carcinoma
  • Leukaemia

Treatment options:

  • Organ and function-preserving radiochemotherapy 
  • Preoperative (before surgery), definitive (without surgery), and postoperative (after surgery) radiochemotherapy
  • Breast-conserving radiotherapy (with intraoperative radiotherapy)
  • Brachytherapy (surgical (interstitial) radiotherapy, superficial)
  • Whole-body radiation therapy (preparing ("conditioning") for a stem cell transplant)  
  • Intensity-modulated (IMRT/VMAT) radiation therapy
  • Image-guided (IGRT) radiation therapy
  • Breath-triggered radiotherapy (for lungs or liver that move with the breath)
  • Stereotactic irradiation ( three-dimensional exact target localization for minimal dose and higher precision)
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Doctor profile


  • 1987-1994 Studied human medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 1993-1994 Practical year in Jerusalem, Israel, and Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1994 State examination
  • 1995 Promotion, medical faculty of the University of Erlangen: “Effect of simultaneous radiochemotherapy with cisplatin on the proliferation behavior of B14 cells in vitro”
  • 2000-2001 Further training in diagnostic radiology at the Institute for Diagnostic Radiology of the University Hospital Erlangen
  • 2002 Recognition as a specialist in radiotherapy, Bavarian State Medical Association
  • 2003 Habilitation and license to teach in radiation therapy, medical faculty of the University of Erlangen: “Prediction of tumor response in simultaneous radiochemotherapy of rectal and bladder carcinoma”


  • 1994-1995 Physician in an internship at the Bamberg Clinic and the University Clinic for Radiation Therapy in Erlangen
  • 1996 Research fellowship at the University of Minnesota
  • 1996-2002 Scientific Assistant at the Radiation Therapy University Clinic in Erlangen
  • 2007 W3 professor and Director, Department of adult and pediatric radiation therapy and oncology at University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
  • 2008 Clinical Director of the University Center for Tumor Diseases Frankfurt

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the principal investigators at the Frankfurt site as part of the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research
  • Member of the German Society for Radiation Oncology
  • Member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • Member of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology
  • Board member of the radiation oncology working group of the German Cancer Society
  • Founding member of the interdisciplinary working group on bladder cancer of the German Cancer Society
  • Expert for the German Cancer Aid, Commission for Clinical Studies in Oncology
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the journal radiation therapy and oncology
  • Participation in the S3 guideline procedures "colorectal carcinoma" and bladder carcinoma"
  • Member of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine
  • Author of 350 publications
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