Vivantes Bowel Cancer Center
Vivantes Bowel Cancer Center: specialized and interconnected
Here at the Vivantes Bowel Cancer Center, a seasoned team of different specialists have assembled to work together under one roof. This allows us to make precise diagnoses and find optimal treatment avenues for tumor diseases of the intestinal tract at any stage of the illness–from early detection to targeted therapy and cutting-edge, robot-assisted surgical interventions. We are certified as a bowel cancer center by the German Cancer Society due to the quality of our work.
Your wellbeing is at the heart of what we do
Cancer of the bowels ranks among the commonest cancer types both in men and women above 50 years of age. Today, it's often curable even at an advanced stage. The Bowel Cancer Center lets you benefit from the cooperation of a competent interdisciplinary team of medical specialists from different disciplines, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and pain therapists. Our team will support you with compassion throughout the treatment.
We know that a cancer diagnosis exposes you and your family to a severe psychological burden. At the same time, quick medical decisions must be made. On request, our qualified psychooncologists will support you and your family during the therapy.
We want you to be well educated about your condition and every single step of the treatment – that's why we provide detailed and individualized information. Just talk to us if you have any questions left. We will be happy to help!
Cancer of the bowels, if diagnosed early, is one of the tumor types with the best chances of recovery. A prophylactic colonoscopy allows us to recognize and cut out all pre-stages of a bowel cancer, like polyps or adenomas, already at an early point. Our modern endoscopic techniques guarantee a gentle intervention.
Some people are genetically predisposed to developing tumors of the intestine. Whether you are among those affected, we will clarify in conversation or, if appropriate, in cooperation with our genetics experts.
Our prevention offers are always based on the applicable guidelines of the professional association.
Individualized and safe
If you have received a definitive bowel cancer diagnosis, our cancer experts form different medical disciplines like gastroenterology, oncology, radiology, radiation therapy, and surgery will gather for the interdisciplinary tumor board. Here, they'll discuss your medical history, x-ray images and tissue samples in depth to get the most accurate picture possible. This process culminates in a recommendation for an individualized therapy that suits your specific needs. The final treatment decision is always made together with you and your family, once all the facts are known.
Surgical procedures: gentle, modern, robot-assisted
In bowel cancer, surgery is the mainstay of the therapy in most cases. Our specialists are careful to remove as much tissue as necessary so that no metastases can form. At the same time, the operation is kept as gentle as possible with an eye on your quality of life. That's why we typically apply minimal-invasive operation techniques (keyhole surgery).
We are one of the few clinics in Berlin to offer operations with the daVinci robot in cooperation with Vivantes Klinikum am Urban. Here, the surgeon controls four robotic arms to allow for a pinpoint intervention even in body regions which are not normally amenable to keyhole surgery.
After the operation
Once you have made it through the operation, our nutritionists will assist you step-by-step in finding your way back to your normal eating habits. Our physiotherapists support you with targeted exercises to help you rebuild your usual mobility at the earliest stage possible. Should you have received an artificial anus, our trained stoma therapists show you how to take care of yourself on your own.
As a general rule, you will be ready to leave the hospital after five to seven days.
Just talk to us if you still have questions surrounding the treatment. We will be happy to help!