15th Anniversary of the West German Prostate Center
Fifteen years after its foundation the West German Prostate Center (WPC) at KLINIK am RING welcomed the 20,000th patient. As one of the strongest centres in Europe, this interdisciplinary institution specialised in the treatment of prostate diseases.
The West German Prostate Center focuses on the treatment of prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement with modern surgical and laser procedures as well as innovative techniques of modern radiotherapy. "This specialization enables us to offer state-of-the-art therapies with a high degree of routine,"says Dr. Pedram Derakhshani. It is particularly important for the medical team to always keep an eye on the patient and take his needs seriously: "We take a lot of time for each patient to choose the optimal therapy for him ," the Cologne urologist explains.
Treating prostate cancer with pinpoint accuracy
Men in particular who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are often faced with the difficult decision to choose the right therapy. If the tumor is limited to the prostate, several options are available. The WPZ attaches great importance to forms of therapy with which optimal healing rates can be achieved with minimal side effects. In the past, radical removal of the prostate was regarded as the preferred solution to completely remove prostate cancer and prolong its lifetime, but long-term studies have shown that modern radiotherapy has the same good or better healing rates with significantly lower side effects such as incontinence and impotence.
Pioneers of brachytherapy
Instead of removing the entire prostate gland in an operation that is often stressful for the patient, brachytherapy involves irradiation of the tumor from the inside. For this purpose, doctors introduce the smallest radiation sources directly into the prostate gland. The tumour is irradiated with pinpoint precision without damaging surrounding structures such as the bladder, intestine or sphincter. In patients whose tumor has already progressed further, the specialists from Cologne use so-called temporary brachytherapy (after-loading method) in combination with external radiation. As pioneers of brachytherapy in Germany, the interdisciplinary team of experts has carried out more than 7.500 treatments.
State-of-the-art laser technology for benign prostate enlargement
For the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia, the WPC relies on state-of-the-art laser technology (greenlight laser, diode laser). The benign tissue is gently evaporated by means of laser energy, bleeding is almost completely avoided and the healing time is significantly shortened. This is particularly beneficial for men with a large prostate and men who are at increased risk of bleeding due to the use of anticoagulant drugs.
International research network
WPC and the New York Prostate Institute launched the International Prostate Cancer Group in 2008. The association of prostate cancer specialists from Germany and the USA aims to optimize the quality of prostate cancer treatment through scientific cooperation, information exchange and patient counseling. It is our concern to put new medical findings into practice in a timely manner," emphasizes Dr. Stephan Neubauer, founder of the research association and urologist at the WPC. It is therefore not surprising that more and more people from Europe or overseas are also seeking their way to the West German Prostate Center. Because the high degree of specialization and many years of experience of the constant medical team, as well as the use of state-of-the-art medical technology, enable quality at highest levels.