Specialist for Radiotherapy (radiation oncology), Radiology, Neurooncology, Esophageal cancer in Bern
Prof. Aebersold has extensive expertise as a specialist in radiation therapy. His broad spectrum ranges from cancer treatment and tumor tracking to state-of-the-art combinations of the most diverse therapies - such as intraoperative brachytherapy.
Special Clinical Focus
Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT): intracranial radiosurgery (SRS) and extracranial radiotherapy (SBRT)
Respiration-triggered radiotherapy (gating) and tumour tracking using the CyberKnife
All forms of brachytherapy, including intraoperative brachytherapy, IORT
Combination therapy such as radiochemotherapy and bioradiotherapy in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and referral of patients for proton therapy
The Universitätsklinik für Radio-Onkologie (Department of Radiation Oncology) at Inselspital is one of the leading providers of radiotherapy in Switzerland. Providing our patients with individual and thoughtful care is of prime importance to us. We are committed to the highest quality standards in our work. The Department of Radiation Oncology works according to strict quality guidelines and has been ISO-certified since 2013. In addition, radiation oncology is integrated into the structures of the University Cancer Center at Inselspital (UCI). At the University Cancer Center, the patient comes first. Designated specialists from different fields provide the patient with optimal care.
We offer a very wide range of modern radiotherapeutic procedures and highly specialised services (stereotactic radiosurgery, interstitial brachytherapy). In individual focus areas, such as brachytherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy, we are international leaders and a recognised partner in oncological care.
Our dedicated and specialised team at the Centre for Brachytherapy offers all types of brachytherapy, including intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). In brachytherapy, a tiny source of radiation is placed directly into the tumour, allowing the surrounding tissue to be protected as much as possible. Our experience and expertise means that we can offer this further therapy option, especially in the case of interstitial partial breast irradiation for breast cancer.
At the Centre for Stereotactic Radiotherapy, the stereotactic team treats tumours with the latest technologies and with the highest precision. Three state-of-the-art treatment systems are available – two LINAC-based Truebeam systems and the CyberKnife, a dedicated stereotactic device. Each system allows the patient’s position to be corrected in six spatial directions and provides options for breath triggering when irradiating moving organs. The Cyberknife also offers the possibility of real-time tumour tracking for the treatment of various lung and liver tumours.
With Ethos, the Department of Radiation Oncology is focusing on AI-assisted adaptive radiotherapy and thus taking another step towards patient-centred, personalised healthcare. Ethos features a Varian Adaptive Intelligence™ solution that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with adaptive therapy. A CT is integrated into the Ethos linear accelerator, which produces images of the size and position of the tumour and the surrounding organs while the patient is lying on the radiation table. Using artificial intelligence, the software calculates a daily radiation plan based on the timely images. The doctors and specialists in medical physics can thus react to momentary changes during treatment. Patients benefit from radiation therapy that has even greater precision.
In addition to providing high quality service, we run extensive research programmes in clinical research, technology development, medical physics and radiobiology. Through education and training programmes for all professional groups involved (doctors, medical physicists, radiology specialists, nursing staff), we are able to continuously strengthen our know-how and make an active contribution to high-quality care and the further development of radiation oncology.
Together with our alliance partners, we operate a clinical network that is unique in Switzerland and thus enable a comprehensive range of university radiotherapy with high case numbers.