MHH: New Klaus Bahlsen Centre for Integrative Oncology begins its work

Active participation in the course of treatment for cancer patients

[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. Jürgen Seja, Prof. Diana Steinmann, Dr. Sabine Schopp, MHH-Präsident Prof. Michael Manns und Prof. Peter Hillemanns

[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. Jürgen Seja, Prof. Diana Steinmann, Dr. Sabine Schopp, MHH-Präsident Prof. Michael Manns und Prof. Peter Hillemanns Copyright: Karin Kaiser/MHH


Many people suffering from cancer ask themselves what they can do in their fight against cancer. The new Klaus Bahlsen Centre for Integrative Oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), which was officially opened on 13 June, is a place to go for questions like these. It combines scientifically based naturopathic and complementary medical therapies with conventional oncology. The Rut and Klaus Bahlsen Foundation is supporting the establishment of the centre in a first step with two million euros.

Under the umbrella of the new centre, an experienced team of staff from complementary medicine, palliative medicine, psychooncology, sports and rehabilitation medicine, nutritional medicine and nursing work closely together, including three female doctors from complementary and palliative medicine who are specially trained in oncology. The centre offers patients and their relatives intensive and professional support before, during and after treatment. The focus is on a holistic approach that takes into account not only physical aspects but also psychological or social problems of an illness.

The concept of integrative oncology has become a regular component in the treatment of oncological patients. The aim is to improve the quality of life, alleviate side effects and restore the performance of people suffering from cancer as best as possible. Professor Michael Manns, President of the MHH, is pleased about the opening of the new centre at the MHH and says: "The Centre for Integrative Oncology is an important step in the further development of our oncological activities in patient care and research. In this way, we are further expanding our all-embracing expertise in oncology at the MHH."

At the beginning of 2021, German Cancer Aid awarded the MHH together with the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Lower Saxony as an Oncological Top Centre. This was followed in December 2021 by the establishment of the Klaus Bahlsen Centre for Integrative Oncology.

 "In our new centre, cancer patients have the opportunity to actively contribute to the course of the disease and treatment themselves through various individual or group offers," says Professor Diana Steinmann, head of the Klaus Bahlsen Centre for Integrative Oncology. "These include naturopathic consultations, offers to strengthen the self-healing powers, relaxation methods, exercise offers and complementary nursing care treatments, which can be a valuable support during and after cancer therapy. We receive a lot of positive feedback here from the participants, who have been able to improve their personal situation in particular," Externally cooperating therapists expand the range of offers at the centre.

"On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we want to give a sign to the intention of our founders to look at people in their entirety, to support them and to help them quickly and sustainably with this Klaus Bahlsen Centre," explains Dr. Jürgen Seja, Chairman of the Board of the Ruth and Klaus Bahlsen Foundation. And Dr Sabine Schopp, Executive Member of the Board of the Foundation adds: "Complementary medicine is an important statutory focus of our Foundation. Therefore, in the spirit of our donors, the funding should have a direct impact where without it there would be no support. The anniversary of the Foundation provides a worthy occasion for this."

"With the new centre, we are bringing together the previous individual projects and activities of the different areas and creating a central point of contact for cancer patients who are looking for new ways to optimise the course of their disease," emphasises Professor Peter Hillemanns, Director of the CCC Hannover. "We are grateful for the generous support of the Rut and Klaus Bahlsen Foundation, which makes it possible to establish new care options for people suffering from cancer and their relatives." In addition to the further development of care options, the new centre will intensify the scientific evaluation of integrative oncology and, in particular, expand patient participation in clinical research.


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