Hematology St. Gallen: Prof. Dr Driessen

Prof. Dr Christoph Driessen
Head Physician
Specialist in Hematology
St. Gallen, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemias
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Immunotherapy
  • Autologous stem cell transplantation

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

State-of-the-art molecular examination methods for leukemia and lymph node cancer

  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Clonality analyses
  • Flow cytometry

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapies
  • Immunotherapies
  • CAR T-cell therapy
  • Cellular therapies
  • Autologous stem cell transplantation
  • Clinical trials
  • New drug development
  • Second opinion

About Prof. Dr Christoph Driessen

Prof. Dr. Christoph Driessen is a specialist in hematology and head physician of the Clinic for Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen.

The center of excellence for treating blood and lymph node cancer offers first-class international diagnostic and therapeutic options thanks to its state-of-the-art technical equipment and the team of specialists. It combines this with personal care for its patients based on trust.

The Competence Center for Leukemia and Lymph Node Cancer in Eastern Switzerland

The hemato-oncology section of the Clinic for Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen specializes in the early recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of cancers of the blood and lymphatic system. Patients with hematological cancers are helped to cure, control, or alleviate symptoms of their disease with the help of state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapy concepts. In addition, the department of hematology has the only specialized unit for the treatment of leukemia and the performance of autologous stem cell transplants in the region.

Modern Targeted Therapies

Cancers of the hematopoietic and lymphatic systems originate in the immune system and show very different degrees of aggressiveness. Through state-of-the-art diagnostics, molecular characteristics of the degenerated cells can be examined in detail. As a result, modern, targeted drugs or immunotherapies can often be used for therapy. In some instances, these therapies are better tolerated and more effective than conventional chemotherapies. Chemotherapy can be added to improve the therapeutic outcome. For some patients, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapies are not sufficient. A blood stem cell transplant may be necessary for them.

Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

Blood stem cell transplantation is primarily used to treat leukemia (blood cancers) and lymphomas (cancers of the lymph nodes) that cannot be controlled by chemotherapy and other treatments. The goal of autologous transplantation is to destroy the cancer cells with high doses of chemotherapy. Subsequently, the own stem cells are returned to the patient to rebuild the destroyed hematopoiesis quickly.

CAR-T Cell Therapy

The new CAR-T cell therapy is immunotherapy based on the body's own but modified immune cells. These are taken from the diseased Patient and genetically reprogrammed outside the body to attack the cancer cells in a targeted and efficient manner. The procedure has proven effective in treating young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and adults with aggressive lymphomas for whom conventional therapies have not resulted in a cure.

CAR-T cell therapy has been used as an inpatient treatment at Hematology St. Gallen to date. Other cellular therapies also use the body's defense mechanisms to recognize and destroy cancer cells. Many cellular therapies are currently still under development and in the testing phase. The Clinic for Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen is involved in numerous clinical trials so that patients can benefit from new therapeutic concepts at an early stage.

Access to the Latest Therapies Thanks to the Best Scientific Networking and Clinical Trials

Thanks to the technical equipment of the Oncology and Hematology Department at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen, the team of well-respected cancer specialists, the integration into national and international networks, and the access to the latest drug developments within the framework of clinical studies, patients have access to first-class international diagnostic and therapeutic options.

For further information, please visit the website of the Hematology Department of the Kantonsspital St. Gallen.


Curriculum Vitae

Since May 2017 Head Physician Oncology/Hematology Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Since January 2011 Senior Physician Oncology/Hematology Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Since December 2008 Head of Clinical Trials Unit, Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Since November 2006 Head of Experimental Hematology/Oncology, Department of Oncology/Hematology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen
November 2006 – June 2008 Head of Clinical Research Department Oncology/Hematology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen
November 2006 – December 2010 Senior Physician and Senior Physician, with a Special Function, Department of Oncology/Hematology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen
January 2006 – September 2006 Senior Physician, Clinic for Hematology/Oncology/Immunology/Rheumatology, University of Tübingen
October 2000 – June 2009 Head of Laboratory for Protease Biology and Experimental Hematology, Department of Hematology/Oncology/Immunology/Rheumatology, University of Tübingen
July 1996 – April 1998 Assistant Physician, Clinic for Hematology/Oncology/Immunology/Rheumatology, University of Tübingen
January 1996 – June 1996 Physician in Internship, Clinic for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Freiburg

Medical Team

  • PD Dr Felicitas Hitz
    Head Physician by Proxy/ Head of Education / Head of Network
  • Dr Thomas Lehmann
    Senior Physician / Head of Hematology Department
  • Dr Michael Baumann
    Senior Physician


Train Station St. Gallen 2.0 km
Zurich Airport 80.5 km

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Prof. Dr Christoph Driessen
Head Physician

Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Clinic for Medical Oncology and Hematology
Rorschacher Strasse 95, CH-9007 St. Gallen

T: +41 71 511 1210


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