Coordination Office Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine

Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Ostgathe

For the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe), the interlocking of oncological and palliative medical expertise for the best possible care of seriously ill and dying patients with a tumor disease is an important concern. Therefore, it supports a project whose goal is to develop a best practice strategy for the structured integration of specialized palliative care in a Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) using scientific methods. This includes the integration of palliative medicine into the course of treatment as well as into the research and teaching activities of the individual CCCs.

In the first project phase (from 2014 to 2017), a scientifically accompanied survey on the status of integration of palliative medicine in the individual centers was conducted. Building on this, it was agreed on standards, e.g. on the type, scope and timing of the involvement of palliative care, quality indicators were tested, research questions and projects were developed and teaching concepts were worked out.

Best Practice Recommendations for the integration of palliative medicine into a Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) funded by the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe)

Palliative Medicine SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), created by the Working Group for Palliative Medicine.

The second project phase (2017 to 2020) deals among other things with the implementation of best practice recommendations, the implementation and evaluation of the jointly developed SOPs, joint documentation for the identification and evaluation of quality indicators and the development of a needs-oriented medical education and training program.

The project is funded by the Deutsche Krebshilfe.

Staff members:

Sarah Lödel M.Sc., research associate
Ingrid Gheith, organization, administration, correspondence
PD Dr. med. Susanne Gahr, physician

Dr. med. Peter Stachura, physician (until 2016)
Marietta Müller, physician (until 2017)
Julia Berendt M.Sc., research associate (until 2018)