The Hopp Children's Cancer Center Heidelberg (KiTZ) is a unique institution that enables the research results of childhood tumors in Heidelberg to be implemented more quickly and more effectively in precise therapies.
To make this possible, the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD), in close partnership with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), has set up an infrastructure that makes it possible to integrate research, consultation and therapy in one building. At the same time, an environment is created for the patients and their families to help them have a child-friendly life during the time of treatment.
The UKHD does its utmost to cure children suffering from malignant diseases with the latest therapies, taking into account their special needs. For the many years of their lives they have ahead, the goal must be enable an active life without late effects that affect the body or mental well-being.
The close proximity of excellent research to care facilities promotes the exchange of basic scientists, clinical researchers and physicians. On the other hand, the immediate vicinity to the Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine and the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg (NCT) enables the rapid and uncomplicated involvement of all specialists whose knowledge is required for the individual patient.
Furthermore, the KiTZ is located closly to the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT), which is one of the first facilities in Germany to enable radiation therapy that is gentle on healthy tissue and therefore, has a great deal of experience - especially in the treatment of childhood brain tumors.
As initiator and supporting institution, the Heidelberg University Hospital will continue to support and develop the KiTZ. This is an important contribution to the Decade against Cancer.