„Good medicine needs to be networked“ – How Prof. Arnold (Asklepios Altona) links cancer centres

From 21 to 24 February 2018 the time had come again. The 33rd German Cancer Congress (DKK) was held under the banner “Perspectives change cancer – Cancer changes perspectives. Diagnosis, therapy, survive/live“ in the CityCube Berlin and clocked up a new record of nearly 12,000 participants.

This made one thing clear: ever better technologies are being brought to bear against cancer. For example, the Asklepios Klinik Altona only just recently celebrated its 100th operation with the word’s most modern robotic surgery system da-Vinci which is used to remove prostate cancer. Other medical experts, for example in ENT medicine, gynaecologists and gynaecological oncology are putting the daVinci robotic surgery technology to good use. Learn more about this topic in this blog article. Networking between different specialist areas, as is already happening here, plays a particularly large role in cancer research and therapy.

In this context we would like to introduce you to Prof. Dr Dirk Arnold.The experienced physician is Head of the Asklepios Tumour Centre Hamburg and is also working as Senior Physician of the Dept. of Oncology with haematology and palliative medicine section at the Asklepios Klinik Altona. He worked previously at the Berlin Charité, the University Clinic Halle/Saale, as Medical Director of the UKE University Cancer Centre in Hamburg and finally as Medical Director at the Institut CUF de Oncologia in Lisbon.

Prof. Arnold covers the whole spectrum of oncological and haematological diseases – from highly modern, molecular stratified targeted treatments and immunotherapies to high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell substitution. He and his colleagues treat all malignant tumours (e.g. particularly gastro-, oesophageal- and intestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, bronchial carcinomas, gynaecological tumours or tumours of the central nervous system), and blood diseases – from acute leukaemia, lymphomas (especially multiple myeloma) to haematopoesis disorders. The dedicated doctor Prof. Arnold is a member of numerous Guideline Commissions at German and European level and heads study groups due to his many years of work. He is consulted specifically for second medical opinions.

The specialist highlights the importance of “illuminating such complex treatments from different sides and relying on networking: votes between different fields of expertise relating to operations, radiation, interventional and modern drug therapies based on molecular-biological investigations also need to be illuminated on a comprehensive and interdisciplinary basis. This allows many tumour diseases to be healed or chronic diseases to benefit from excellent medical control.”

The Leading Medicine Guide expert particularly relies on networking in the therapy of cancer. „My task at that point during my professional work in Portugal included networking the country’s leading cancer centres in order to optimise and secure patient treatment in the best possible way. I can finally put the experience and other medical abilities I gained there to use in the Asklepios Tumour Centre group in Hamburg“, explains the doctor.

As Chief Medical Officer of the Asklepios Tumour Centre Hamburg, Prof. Arnold is currently responsible for seven hospitals, numerous outpatient centres and interdisciplinary centres in Hamburg. Several times a week teams consisting of medical experts from wide-ranging fields convene in tumour conferences for interdisciplinary discussion of patient cases and decisions about current diagnostics and therapy. This always takes place in accordance with national and international guidelines. This also takes into account and advances clinical studies and so provides access to medical innovation. The experts also draw on telemedicine.

At the same time the renowned physician and medical expert works on the palliative ward, where patients receive symptom-oriented therapies as they are accompanied into the last stage of life. This involves treating advanced diseases where there is sometimes only a limited life expectancy. „This is precisely, however, where optimum time organization with as good a control of symptoms as possible is a critical therapy goal for patients and next-of-kin who are pleased to be able to be involved“, explains the specialist optimistically. The most important thing for him personally is candid communication with his patients and informing about perspectives and prognoses. This is the only way to set realistic targets and treat cancer by the best possible means.


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