Research is the key factor for the improvement of diagnosis and of therapy in the event of tumors. The intensive research on the prostate carcinoma carried out over many years by the doctors and researchers at the Martini-Klinik has yielded extraordinary results. On the one hand, these findings are of great significance for science, such as the identification of specific genetic mechanisms involved in tumor development. On the other hand, they are of great significance for the patients' quality of living by improving surgical techniques. Studies which are designed to cover long periods including accompanying data assessment are necessary to improve the patient's chance of healing.
In addition to research itself, the quality control of our surgical performance and the condition of our patients, even years after having been discharged form hospital, play a central role for us at the Martini-Klinik and at the Department of Urology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. More than 20 years ago we created three important cornerstones upon which our scientific work on prostate cancer is based: the database, the serum bank and the tissue bank. Since then, we have consistently worked on expanding these resources. It is our aim to improve the chance of healing also for cases where the illness is in an advanced state, or to even prevent the development of prostate cancer.
This is made possible with the valuable support of our patients and our external colleagues. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for filling out and returning our scientific questionnaires and the openness and perseverance that it entails. Together we can offer future patients innovative diagnostics and therapies, thus improving the quality of living and the chance of healing.