A subsidiary of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Prof. Dr. Steuber

Therapy options over the phone

Together we want to find the best treatment option for you. Although a phone call is not exactly the same as a personal conversation, it is a very good alternative. A video-call would also be possible. Please read the following information before the talk. Together with further information that you will receive in the telephone call, It will be easier for you, to make the best possible therapy decision.

1. A word in advance

You have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In this situation we would like to encourage you.

An open letter to you from Prof. Hartwig Huland

2. Therapy options - an overview

Successful therapy depends on age, surgical risk, growth rate of the tumor and personal circumstances as well as any comorbidities. These criteria are included in an initial consultation with our prostate cancer specialists. They will inform you in a trustful and detailed manner about the various established therapy methods and their possible advantages and disadvantages.

There are four scientifically wellestablished strategies available for the treatment of localized prostate cancer, which we here present to you in detail:

  • Complete removal of the prostate (radical prostatectomy)
    • through open surgery
    • through a robot-assisted operation (with da Vinci® or the Hugo™ RAS system)
  • Radiotherapy
    • from the outside through the skin (percutaneous radiotherapy)
    • Brachytherapy with permanent implantation (seeds) charged with a low dose rate of  radiant material, or
    • temporary implantation of a high dose rate charged radiant source
  • Focal therapy (treatment of the tumor focus in the prostate)
  • Active surveillance

At the Martini-Klinik we have a lot of experience in all four therapy options. Every year, around 2,500 patients decide for the surgical removal of the prostate (almost half of them opt for robot-assisted surgery). Approximately 200 patients choose radiation therapy (percutaneous or implant) and focal therapy is suitable for around 50 patients. In active surveillance we look after around 150 men.

Appointments and organizational questions about your appointments and therapy:

Privately insured patients

+49 (0)40 7410-51300
+49 (0)40 7410-51323
mk-privatambulanz(at)uke.de

Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Fridays until 2.30 p.m.

Public health patients

+49 (0)40 7410-51337
+49 (0)40 7410-54404
pca-ambulanz(at)uke.de

From monday to friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EU citizen

+49 (0)40 7410-51370
mk-ambu(at)uke.de

Not EU citizen

If you are not an EU citizen please contact the International Office of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), which organizes everything around your stay. 

+49 (0)40 7410-58574
+49 (0)40 7410-51691
patients(at)uke.de

3. More information about active surveillance and focal therapy

We will discuss all therapy options over the phone. If your prostate cancer is limited to the prostate and only shows a low potential for aggressiveness, you may consider a surveillance strategy or selective treatment of the prostate:

Active surveillance - an overview by Prof. Dr. Hans Heinzer
Focal therapy - an overview by Prof. Dr. George Solomon

4. More information brachy-therapy

If brachytherapy is an option for you, please read the following information.

More information about brachytherapy by Prof. Georg Salomon

5. More information about radical prostatectomy

As stated, we are talking about all therapy options. If you are considering surgery, e.g. removal of the prostate, please read the following information.

Radicale prostatektomy- an overview by Prof. Alexander Haese

Information film (4:08 minutes) on the surgical procedure in the Martini-Klinik

Open surgery or robot assisted?

If surgery is an option, the question of the surgical method arises. You can find further information here: 

Classic open surgery
Minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci or the Hugo™ RAS system
A comparison of the surgical methods

6. A few tips for the phone call

Thank you for your cooperation, you are now well prepared. What's next?

We will call you at the agreed time.

  • Please prepare a list of the medication you regularly take.
  • Prepare a list of your medical history and hospital stays.
  • Prepare something to write, so you can take notes.
  • If you want to talk on the phone with your wife/partner, make sure you can put the phone on speaker.
  • Is your cell phone charged?
  • Please make sure that you can talk (if possible) undisturbed.
  • If we have to postpone the appointment by more than 30 minutes, we will let you know in advance.

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