Published on 15. June 2015

22 percent more cancer diagnoses in Vivantes hospitals than ten years ago – Berlin Cancer Congress to start for the first time on June 4 with Patient Congress

According to the Joint Cancer Registry Berlin-Brandenburg, four out of ten Berliners (39%) will develop cancer in the course of their lives. More and more cancer diagnoses are being made at Vivantes.

Since 2005, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed at Vivantes has increased by 22 percent, when there were 8,082 cases. According to the Vivantes Cancer Report 2014, 9,833 patients with the main diagnosis of cancer were treated as inpatients at Vivantes. This is around six percent more than in the previous year. In 2013, there were 9,270 cancer patients treated as inpatients.

According to the Joint Cancer Registry, around 17,400 Berliners are newly diagnosed with cancer every year, and around 8,800 Berliners die each year as a result of the disease (latest data from 2012). Many cancer patients from Brandenburg are also treated in Berlin, estimated at about 20 percent of all Brandenburg cases.

The Robert Koch Institute attributes the increase in cancer cases primarily to the rising number of older people in our society. Prof. Dr. Andree Faridi, congress president of the Berlin Cancer Congress and head physician of the Vivantes Breast Center, says: "Due to demographic change, more and more people are developing cancer. This is because the risk of developing cancer generally increases with age. Patients and their relatives therefore have an ever greater need for information. That's why we are now offering a day just for patients at our cancer congress."

Highly specialized Vivantes Breast Center operates on almost all breast cancer patients

The Vivantes Breast Center at Hospital „Am Urban“ was re-certified by the German Cancer Society in 2014 and has a particularly high level of expertise. In 2014, a total of 553 patients with an initial diagnosis of breast cancer were treated.

Every second newly diagnosed patient with light skin cancer treated at Vivantes

The most common new cancer treated as an inpatient at Vivantes in 2014 was basal cell carcinoma, the most common light skin cancer, with 1,368 inpatient admissions. This is approximately every second inpatient admission in the whole of Berlin. The number of dermatosurgical procedures for cancer performed as inpatients in the year under review was 4,036. Particularly in the case of neoplasms in the facial region and other visible areas, great importance is attached to aesthetic wound closure during the operations.

Berlin Cancer Congress from June 04 to June 06, 2015 with patient congress

Skin cancer and breast cancer are the two main medical topics of this year's Berlin Cancer Congress. At the patient day on June 04, 2015, doctors and experts will answer the questions of patients, relatives and interested parties about breast and skin cancer. The congress for patients can be attended free of charge and will take place one day before the 11th Berlin Cancer Congress at the Urania in Berlin.

At the scientific congress on June 05 and 06, 2015, the latest scientific findings and recommendations of the professional societies will be presented and discussed in a dialogue between clinicians and practitioners.

Berlin-wide: Vivantes Tumor Center coordinates cancer medicine

More than 110 of the total 132 clinics, specialist departments and institutes at Vivantes are involved in cancer care. Cancer medicine at the nine different hospital sites is coordinated and bundled by an oncology network: the Vivantes Tumor Center. Thanks to interdisciplinary cooperation, cancer patients at Vivantes receive very good care close to home and comparably good advice and therapy at a high level at all locations.

More than every 3rd cancer patient discussed on an interdisciplinary basis

At 5,749, more than one in three of all inpatient admissions of cancer patients (36 percent) was presented at a tumor conference in 2014. If interdisciplinary involvement is required for cancer therapy, Vivantes pursues the goal of also discussing this patient's case in a tumor conference.

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