Radiation Therapy / Oncology - Prof. Aebersold Bern

Prof. Dr Daniel M. Aebersold
Director and Chief Physician
Specialist in Radiation Therapy & Radiooncology
Bern, Switzerland

Inselspital – University Hospital, Bern Department of Radiation Oncology - Logo

Treatment Focus

  • Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT): intracranial radiosurgery (SRS) and extracranial radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Breathing-triggered radiotherapy (gating) and tumour tracking with the CyberKnife
  • All forms of brachytherapy, including intraoperative brachytherapy IORT
  • Combination therapies, such as chemoradiation and bio-radiotherapy
  • Cooperation with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the referral of patients for proton therapy
  • Ortho-voltage radiation
  • Beta irradiation of the pterygium

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • 4-D computer tomography including contrast medium application
  • Combination radiotherapy planning using molecular imaging (e.g. PET-CT / SPECT) and MRT


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Interstitial brachytherapy, including intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • 3-D conformal radiotherapy
  • Ortho-voltage radiation and surface radiation for skin tumours and degenerative diseases
  • Partial breast irradiation for carcinoma of the breast
  • Beta irradiation for pterygium

About Prof. Dr Daniel M. Aebersold

Prof. Daniel M. Aebersold is a specialist and Senior Consultant in radio-oncology at the Inselspital, Bern. The internationally recognised team under Prof. Aebersold consists of experienced and competent radiotherapists, medical physicists, specialists in medical radiology and nursing specialists. These guarantee professional and personal medical care, as well as attentive nursing care.

The most modern treatment methods of radio-oncology and constant quality controls

The most up to date therapeutic techniques, which are subject to constant quality control, are used in the Radio-oncology Department of the Inselspital in order to perform your treatment to your complete satisfaction and safety. This is particularly important in the Radio-oncology Department since the radiation used can damage not only malignant tumours but also healthy tissue.

In their clinic, Dr Aebersold and his team offer the complete spectrum of radiation oncology at the top university level. Procedures include high precision radiation (stereotactic radiosurgery SRS and extra-cranial body stereotaxy) as well as all forms of brachytherapy including intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT).

Experienced teams of experts for stereotactic radiosurgery and body stereotaxy

The infrastructure in the field of high-precision radiotherapy is exceptional. Two dedicated devices are available for stereotactic radiotherapy: a state of the art CyberKnife (M6) and a Novalis Tx. Experienced teams of experts ensure the optimum deployment of these technologies for a broad range of tumorous conditions, both in the brain and in the lungs, liver, prostate and in other organs.

Brachytherapy with commitment and expertise

Brachytherapy represents a therapeutic option provided with a great amount of commitment and expertise, in which an extremely small source of radiation is placed directly into the tumour and hence the healthy tissues can be maximally protected. This technique is utilised in particular in so-called partial breast irradiation, in which the University Radio-oncology Clinic at the Inselspital is one of the leading clinics.

IMRT and IGRT - radiation technique for the maximum protection of healthy tissue

The range of treatment offered by the Clinic includes intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). Intensity-modulated radiotherapy is a further development and improvement of the standard 3-D conformal radiotherapy technique. With the aid of this technique, both the beam projection and the radiation dose can be varied. Hence, the desired high radiation dose reaches the target, while the healthy surrounding tissue is maximally protected. In this manner, intensity-modulated radiotherapy facilitates outstanding chances of recovery for a large number of tumours (e.g. in the pelvic region: prostate, rectal and cervical cancer).

Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) compensates for another disadvantage of conventional radiotherapy techniques. By also combining the irradiation unit with an up to date imaging technique, the position and the movement of the patient and the target organ can be constantly monitored and the irradiation field can be adjusted accordingly. This is particularly important since, even in a still position, the organ to be irradiated can shift by up to several centimetres due to respiratory movements and blood flow. With a fixed, inflexible radiation field, this would lead to the increased irradiation of healthy tissue, while the tumour tissue is irradiated too little. In this manner, IGRT increases your individual chances of recovery.

Ortho-voltage radiation for skin tumours and inflammatory diseases

Prof. Aebersold and his team provide a further treatment method, namely orthovoltage radiotherapy. This concerns conventional X-ray irradiation, which, due to its shallow penetration, is utilised with great success for the treatment of skin tumours and inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Some of the treatable clinical pictures are arthritis, tendinitis, pain due to calcaneal spur or even tennis elbow.

Interdisciplinary collaboration for professional and personal medical care

For Dr Aebersold, a good interdisciplinary cooperation is particularly important for radio-oncological therapy. The University Clinic of Radio-oncology is the main cooperation partner in the University Cancer Centre at the University Hospital. All cases are therefore discussed in the interdisciplinary tumour board.

Psycho-oncological care is also an option since, for many sufferers, a tumour condition represents a harsh and difficult watershed in their lives, which they do not always have to face alone.

In order to achieve further advances in the treatment of malignant tumour conditions, together with their clinical activities, Prof. Aebersold and his team are deeply committed to intense scientific activity in the field of tumour treatment, medical-physics, radiobiology and radiation protection.

You can view Prof. Aebersold’s website here.

Curriculum Vitae

1985 – 1987 Studies in Philosophy and German Literature, University of Basel
1987 – 1993 Medical studies, University of Basel
1994 Doctorate
1994 – 2000 Further training in Internal Medicine, Medical oncology, Radio-oncology, Basel / Bern
2000 – 2002 Research Fellow, Rehovot, Israel
2003 Specialist in Radio-oncology
2004 Post-doctoral qualification, University of Bern
2008 Appointment as Professor of Radio-oncology (University of Bern)
since 2008 Senior Consultant and Clinical Director of the University Radio-oncology Clinic, Inselspital, Bern

Medical Team

  • Dr Kristina Loessl
    Asst. Senior Consultant
  • Prof Dr Steffen Eychmüller
    Senior Physician at the Palliative Centre
  • Prof Dr Damien Charles Weber
    Consultant Physician
  • Dr Frank Behrensmeier
  • Dr Nikola Cihoric
  • Dr Olgun Eliçin
  • Dr Hossein Hemmatazad
  • Dr Evelyn Herrmann
  • Dr Codruta Ionescu
  • Dr Peter Messer
  • Dr Mohamed Shelan
  • Dr Moh'd Suleiman
  • Dr Alexandros Tsikkinis
  • Dr Patrick Wolfensberger


  • Insel International Center (IIC): administrative and organisational support for international patients, individual support by our Patient Managers for cost enquiries and treatment enquiries, interpreters, arrivals, visas, hotel accommodation for accompanying family members, tourist attractions
  • Single and 2-bed rooms: equipped with television and WLAN
  • Bank, hairdressing salon, kiosk, Catholic and Reformed chapel and meditation rooms are also available at the Inselspital, as well as several restaurants


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Prof. Dr Daniel M. Aebersold
Director and Chief Physician

Inselspital – University Hospital, Bern
Department of Radiation Oncology
Freiburgstrasse 4, CH-3010 Bern

T: +41 31 511 83 10
F: +41 31 382 23 42
E: aebersold@primomedico.com


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