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Department of radiotherapy and radiation oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Claus Belka
radiotherapy, radiation oncology

About the department

The department of radiotherapy and radiation oncology at University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich provides treatment for multiple diseases where radiation therapy can be used. According to Focus magazine, the department ranks among the best German departments specializing in radiation therapy. More than 1,000 inpatients are treated there annually. The department uses the latest scientific findings to treat its patients as a university hospital. The availability of modern radiation therapy technologies, the cooperation with related disciplines and the experience and competence of the staff ensure the best possible treatment concepts tailored to the individual patient. The departments care for all tumour spectrum. Cancer patients are treated with the highest medical expertise and receive optimal radiation treatment. The personal treatment concepts are discussed in interdisciplinary tumour boards and implemented using the radiation technology and procedures by specialized radiation oncologists and medical physicists. The department is one of the first in Europe to use the groundbreaking MR-Linac technology in radiation therapy. The MR-Linac combines particle accelerator and magnetic resonance tomography in one device for the first time, which allows controlling radiotherapy in real-time.

The department's primary focus is intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, brain radiosurgery, pulmonary stereotaxis, and whole-body irradiation. The department uses the latest modern technologies, which allow for treatment with the best result and the lowest risks for the patient.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate carcinoma and urological tumours
  • Head and neck tumours
  • Lung tumours
  • Brain and spinal cord tumours
  • Tumours of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Gynaecological tumours
  • Interstitial Brachytherapy
  • Bone and soft tissue sarcomas
  • Other pathological conditions

Treatment options:

  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Volumenmodulierte Rotationsbestrahlung (VMAT)
  • MR-Linac (MRI guided radiation therapy)
  • 3D Konformal Strahlentherapie
  • Brachytherapy / Seed-Implantation
  • Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) (patients take a deep breath during treatment and hold this breath while the radiation is delivered)
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT)
  • Cranial stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery
  • Extrakranielle Stereotaxie (SBRT)
  • Whole Body Irradiation
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Doctor profile


  • 1986 - 1993 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Essen. 
  • 1989 - 1990 Doctoral Degree, Faculty of Human Genetics, University of Essen. 


  • 1993 - 1995 Assistant Physician (Hematology and Oncology) in the Campus Benjamin Franklin of the University Hospital Charité Berlin
  • and in the Robert Rössle Clinic, Berlin.
  • 2004 - 2008 Deputy Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen.
  • 2007 - 2008 Head of the Research Group on Experimental Radiotherapy, Department of Radiation Oncology, Eberhard Karls University
  • of Tuebingen.
  • Since 2008, Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian
  • University of Munich.

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2000 Poster Award of the German Physiological Society.
  • 2001 Wolfsberg Poster Award.
  • 2002 Hanns Langendorff Award.
  • 2003 MSD Onco Award 12th Conference of the European Organization of Oncologists, Copenhagen.
  • 2003 Hermann Holthusen Prize of the German Society of Radiation Oncology.
  • 2003 Monika Kutzner Prize, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.
  • 2006 "Highly Commended" Award from the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR 17 Budapest).
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