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Department of haematology and oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Florian Bassermann
internal medicine, haematology, and oncology

About the department

The department of haematology and oncology at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich consists of more than 30 specialized doctors and around 40 nurses under the direction of an internationally recognized professor with various awards. Patients are treated according to the latest therapy concepts and regularly updated guidelines. The department is certified under the Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich (CCCM) umbrella and regularly offers information events for cancer patients. In addition to state-of-the-art equipment and innovative therapies, their self-image includes, above all, detailed advice and human commitment to patients. The scientific working groups deal with the biological basis of haematological and oncological diseases and innovative possibilities of therapeutic influence. 

Both conventional chemotherapy and high-dose chemotherapy using stem cell transplantation are provided at the department. In addition, doctors use each form of multimodal therapy. This combines surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and other supportive forms of therapy individually tailored to the patient. Comprehensive care also includes nutritional advice and psycho-oncological care on request.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis of haematological and oncological diseases:

  • Computerized tomography, CT (visualization in scans)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI (visualization in scans)
  • Positron emission tomography, PET (visualization in scans) 
  • Ultrasound examination (visualization)
  • X-ray (visualization of bones) 
  • Biopsy, including bone marrow biopsy (cutting off a piece of tumour tissue to test it under a microscope)
  • Immunohistochemistry (detection of specific cell markers to identify tumour type)
  • Genetic testing
  • Tumour markers (blood testing for tumours)

Treatment of diseases:

  • Tumours of any location
  • Anaemia (low red blood cells count)
  • Invalid blood cell count (insufficiency or surplus of white blood cells or platelets)
  • Clotting abnormalities - tendencies to bleeding or thrombosis (haemophilia or thrombophilia)
  • Leukaemia (cancer of the blood cells)

Treatment options:

  • Individual tumour therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery combinations) 
  • Targeted therapy: (blocking the signalling pathways necessary for the tumour with antibodies or small molecules) 
  • Molecular tumour board (group of doctors and other health care providers with different specialities that meets regularly at the hospital to discuss cancer cases) 
  • Immunotherapy (altering immune response for tumour treatment)
  • Stem cell transplantation 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Studied medicine in Ulm, Munich, and New York
  • 2002 Doctor of Medicine, Technical University of Munich
  • 2006-2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the New York University

Experience

  • 2009-2011 Assistant physician Department of adult and pediatric hematology and oncology at University Hospital rehts der Isar Munich
  • 2011 Senior physician Department of adult and pediatric hematology and oncology at University Hospital rehts der Isar Munich
  • 2015 Tenure Track Professorship at TUM Department of adult and pediatric hematology and oncology at University Hospital rehts der Isar Munich
  • 2017 Director of the Department of adult and pediatric hematology and oncology at University Hospital rehts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2009 Participation in the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation
  • 2010 Walther Flemming Medal, German Society of Cell Biology  
  • 2015 European Research Council Consolidator Grant
  • 2015 Langener Research Award
  • 2015 Theodor Frerichs Award, German Society of Internal Medicine
  • Author of more than 130 publications
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