Radiation treatment is an area of medicine that relies heavily on cooperation with experts from different specialties.
Our highest priority is to provide the best state-of-the-art clinical care to patients who have malignant tumors. The goal of our treatment is to destroy tumor cells while protecting healthy tissue as much as possible. In patient therapy, we differentiate between curative and palliative approaches.
Curative radiation treatment destroys tumor cells definitively and aims to cure the cancer. Palliative radiation treatment aims to relieve and in the best case to eliminate symptoms or prevent impending complications such as paralysis or bone fractures.
We work in a multiprofessional team that is closely networked with a large number of specialists with their own private practice, all Styrian state hospitals, the departments and divisions of University Hospital Graz and extramural healthcare institutions. We are also represented on the interdisciplinary tumor boards that meet regularly. For patients in the eastern part of Upper Styria, a separate facility is located at the LKH Hochsteiermark site in Leoben.
Our department's technical infrastructure including the Leoben site consists of three computer tomography scanners, one brachytherapy device, one orthovoltage unit and eight linear accelerators.
We treat over 3,000 patients annually (including in Leoben). After radiation therapy has been completed, we offer our patients follow-up exams. 24 beds are available for patients in our inpatient ward (over 500 per year).
The uniqueness and the added value of our department are the result of the symbiosis between patient care, research and education. The department is jointly operated by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Hospital Association (KAGes). This interdisciplinary cooperation between both providers at the University Hospital Graz site is also reflected on our website. More information on patient care can be found at the University Hospital Graz website.