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Department of oncology

Prof. Dr. med. Volker Kunzmann

About the department

The oncology department at University Hospital Wurzburg is dedicated to the thorough diagnosis and effective treatment of benign and malignant tumours. The department has 113 beds for patients requiring inpatient treatment. Before starting therapeutic procedures, patients undergo complex diagnostic measures, including a physical examination, ultrasound and radiological methods, and most importantly, a biopsy followed by histopathological examination. Once the diagnosis is made, the medical team will determine the course of therapy on an interdisciplinary basis. In close collaboration with other hospital departments such as surgery, radiotherapy, radiology, nuclear medicine and pathology, treatments are discussed and planned according to the latest scientific knowledge. As a result, the medical team provides an optimal and stage-appropriate treatment best suited to each clinical picture.

The oncologists of the department have exceptional experience in treating tumours of the gastrointestinal tract, biliary system, kidneys and bladder, as well as soft tissues and bones. The department applies the most innovative treatment regimens recognized by the international oncological communities. For example, doctors have successfully used hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) surgery, which allows the destruction of tumour cells without damaging surrounding tissues. Particular attention is paid to immunological methods of cancer treatment, which are currently the most effective and efficient. The department also employs psycho-oncologists who are always ready to help cancer patients and their relatives.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Stomach cancer
  • Oesophageal carcinoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Tumours of the peritoneum (peritoneal carcinosis)
  • Liver cancer and liver metastases
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Tumours of the lungs and chest
  • Mammary cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Tumours in the head and neck
  • Tumours of the kidneys and bladder
  • Germ cell tumours (testicular cancer)
  • Soft tissue and bone tumours (sarcomas)
  • Metastatic tumour diseases with the unknown original tumour


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Bone scintigraphy 
  • Mammography 
  • Biopsy with histopathology 
  • Endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy, colonoscopy) 


  • Drug therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Surgical treatment 
  • Radiation therapy 
  • Bone marrow transplant 
  • Immunotherapy 
  • Hormone therapy 
  • Targeted drug therapy 
  • Cryoablation 
  • Laser treatment 
  • Other treatment services
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Doctor profile


  • 1989 - 1996 Human medicine with postgraduate studies in clinical research at the Universities of Freiburg, Basel and Würzburg
  • 1997 PhD 
  • 2005 Habilitation in the subject of internal affairs Medicine 


  • 1997 - 2006 Worked in the medical department Clinic and Polyclinic II of the University of Würzburg
  • 2006 - 2010 Senior physician in the field of internal medicine oncology/haematology at the Medical Clinic and Polyclinic II of the University of Wuerzburg
  • 2010 Head of internal oncology and head of the interdisciplinary oncological day therapy centre at Comprehensive Cancer Center Mainfranken
  • 2011 Senior physician at the oncological haematological outpatient clinic of the MVZ at Bad Neustadt
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