Oncology & Haematology in Karlsruhe: Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde.

Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde
Clinic Director
Specialist in Oncology
Karlsruhe, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Classic chemotherapy or chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy (post-operative after-care (bowel cancer, gastric cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer))
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery (rectal cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer)
  • Molecular targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Diagnosis of haematological diseases (anaemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia)
  • Diagnosis of blood coagulation disorders
  • Diagnosis of cancers (bone marrow examinations, lymph node punctures)
  • Diagnosis of disorders of the immune system 

Range of Therapeutic Services


  • Glioma/glioblastoma
  • Head and neck tumours
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Renal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcomas


  • Blood diseases
  • Blood coagulation disorders
  • Leukaemia
  • Plasmocytomas
  • M. Hodgkin
  • Malignant lymphomas
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative neoplasms
  • Disorders of the immune system

About Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde

Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde is a specialist in oncology and director at the Clinic for Haematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Medicine as well as the Oncology Centre of the St. Vincentius Clinics in Karlsruhe.

Due to the close cooperation of different teams from various specialist areas, the diagnosis, therapy and aftercare of both haematological and organ cancers is offered on the cutting edge of science.

Clinic for Oncology and Haematology in Karlsruhe: Experienced Cancer Specialists and Modern Treatment Methods

In oncology as well as in haematology in Karlsruhe, interdisciplinary cooperation for the benefit of the patients is of paramount importance.

The range of therapeutic services includes the treatment of blood diseases, blood coagulation disorders, tumour illnesses, and malfunctions of the immune system. During interdisciplinary tumour board reviews, internists, surgeons, haemato-oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, doctors of nuclear medicine specialists, otolaryngologists as well as radiation therapists jointly determine the best possible individual treatment concept for each patient. The high-quality therapy at the Oncology Centre Karlsruhe is confirmed by certification of the German Cancer Society (DKG).

Karlsruhe Oncology Centre

Prof. Meyer zum Büschenfelde and his team ensure comprehensive and high-quality care for all cancer patients. For this purpose, the Oncology Centre combines five certified and specialised organ cancer centres:

Colorectal Cancer Centre

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Germany. Each year, 70,000 people develop tumours in the intestinal tract. If a disease is already present, the stage of the condition is crucial for treatment and healing processes. If detected early, up to 90% of colorectal cancer patients can be cured permanently.

The patient-oriented Colorectal Cancer Center Karlsruhe enables rapid diagnostics and qualified treatment, thus creating the best conditions for long-term cure.

But even in an advanced stage of a disease as with the formation of metastases (daughter tumours), new surgical procedures and multimodal therapeutic approaches have led to significant improvements in treatment outcomes in recent years.

Gynaecological Cancer Centre

Gynaecological cancers of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva (outer primary female reproductive organs) require more complex treatments. Highly specialised centres such as the Oncology Centre in Karlsruhe can almost triple survival rates. This is especially true for women with ovarian cancer.

Three factors have significantly improved the chances of curing malignant diseases: First, the optimal collaboration of medical experts such as oncologists, gynaecologists, surgeons, intensive care physicians, radiotherapists, nuclear medicine specialists, radiologists and pathologists. Second, advances in diagnostics and above all, modern therapeutic possibilities.

Prof. Meyer zum Büschenfelde's oncological team in Karlsruhe guarantees optimal care during every stage of cancer therapy. Patients will also be supported by experienced psycho-oncologists, social workers, and nurses with oncological training. In close cooperation with the respective gynaecologist in charge, the therapy concept also includes comprehensive inpatient or outpatient after-care.

Collaborative Breast Centre

The certified breast clinic in Karlsruhe offers a high level of expertise in both the treatment of breast cancer as well as benign changes of the breast. The collaborative breast centre takes care of the optimal coordination of all specialists involved in the treatment process. This includes experts in gynaecology, radiology, pathology, oncology, radiotherapy, and psycho-oncology. Prof. Meyer zum Büschenfelde and his colleagues are also available for providing a second opinion.

For the collaborative breast centre’s own patients who wish a second opinion, the staff is happy to help arrange appointments with other qualified hospitals. The diagnosis of cancer is not only a major physical burden for patients and their relatives but an emotional issue as well. Therefore, the Breast Centre of Oncology in Karlsruhe employs experienced psycho-oncologists who support and accompany patients during their inpatient stay by holding regular discussions. On request, they also provide outpatient support or even help finding an appropriate therapist for a second opinion.

Lung Cancer Centre

Lung cancer or lung carcinoma is the third most common malignant tumour disease in men and women. Unfortunately, the prognosis is often not good. Lung cancer is still characterised by a high mortality rate. The lung cancer clinic in Karlsruhe offers its patients support which is provided by highly qualified, experienced and, above all, empathetic specialists. All modern examination techniques are available for the diagnosis of lung cancer. For the treatment of lung carcinomas, the lung cancer facility provides all possible therapy methods.

Head and Neck Tumour Centre

This certified centre treats patients suffering from a tumour in the head or neck region according to current guidelines of scientific societies and the German Cancer Society. Great focus is placed on individualized therapies in line with latest scientific findings. In cooperation with the attending otolaryngologist, the employees of the head and neck clinic support their patients throughout the entire process, starting with diagnosis, continuing with therapy and ending with after-care.

Therapy Methods at the Oncology Centre in Karlsruhe

Including the five affiliated organ cancer clinics, the oncology centre in Karlsruhe offers all oncological therapy procedures possible. These consist of among others:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Antibody therapy
  • Surgical removal of tumours, metastases and affected lymph nodes.

Important progress has been made in many areas of cancer therapy in recent years concerning tolerability of therapeutic measures or mitigation of unpleasant treatment side effects.

The Karlsruhe Oncology Centre is also actively involved in studies aimed at improving the efficacy of cancer therapies and at providing patients with a positive prognosis.


Chemotherapy is an established method for the treatment of cancer. It is based on the administration of cell toxins (cytostatic drugs) which are capable of destroying tumour cells. New insights into the metabolism of cancer cells have led to the fact that these drugs have nowadays a more targeted effect on tumour cells and less on the rest of the ‘healthy’ organism. This in return allows chemotherapy to take place while maintaining an acceptable quality of life and to improve therapeutic success.

Nowadays, chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiotherapy can cure numerous types of cancer. Chemotherapy can be used before or after surgery to control tumor growth ahead of the incision or to reduce the risk of recurrence afterwards.

Even at an advanced stage of the disease, chemotherapy can prolong life expectancy and alleviate symptoms of many malignant illnesses. 

New Ways in Cancer Treatment

Today’s findings of modern research enable a better understanding of the development and origins of tumor diseases. This circumstance allows oncologists to specifically inhibit suspicious tissues promoting growth or preventing death of tumour cells. As a result, it is possible to treat tumour diseases in a more targeted manner, which in return results in significantly fewer side effects as with conventional methods. Good results have already been achieved in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia and renal cell carcinoma, among others. The use of antibodies and the deliberate combat against tumour cells results in a better control of tumor growth.

Palliative Medicine at the Oncological Centre in Karlsruhe

The aim of palliative medicine is to improve patients’ quality of life suffering from an advanced disease and who have only got a limited life expectancy left. The focus in this situation is to alleviate physical, psychological, and psychosocial symptoms. Patients and their relatives are given individual psychological care and support. Depending on patients’ preferences and given possibilities, priority is placed on releasing the diseased person to his home environment, a nursing home or a hospice. Even after being freed from the hospital, patients have access to outpatient services of cooperative partners. If it is no longer possible for a patient to return to his home or to transfer to a different clinic, the terminally ill will be supported at the palliative care unit lovingly, individually and at the highest medical level during their last journey.

Further information can be found at Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde’s website.

Curriculum Vitae

1988 - 1990 Academic qualification: medicine, Christian Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
1990 - 1994 Academic qualification: medicine, 1990-1994 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
October 1994 Approbation
1994 - 1996 Resident, Bernhard Nocht Institute, Hamburg, Immunology/Microbiology
1996 - 1997 Assistant physician, Bernhard Nocht Institute, Hamburg, Immunology/Microbiology
1997 - 2001 Assistant physician, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
2001 - 2003 Research fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT Immunobiology
2003 - 2006 Assistant physician, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
November 2005 specialist for Internal Medicine
14.12.2005 Habilitation, Technische Universität München
2007 - 8/2010 Attending physician, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
2008 ESMO Examination
November 2009 Specialist for Hematology/Oncology
9/2010 - 3/2017 Attending physician, Asklepios Klinik Altona, Hamburg Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
09.03.2012 apl Professur, Technische Universität München
2013 and 2018 ESMO MORA
September 2016 Specialist for Palliative Care
2017 ICH/GCP training
since 1.4.2017 Attending physician, St. Vincentius Kliniken gAG, Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology/Palliative Care

Medical Team

Haematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Medicine

  • Dr Michael Schatz
    Head Senior Physician
    Haematology/Internal Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Medicine
  • Dr Martina Gnadler
    Senior Physician
    Haematology/Internal Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Intensive Care Medicine, Palliative Medicine
  • Alexander Kolov
    Senior Physician
    Haematology/Internal Oncology
  • Dr Finn Lübben
    Senior Physician
    Haematology/Internal Oncology


Oncological Centre

  • Prof. Dr Oliver Drognitz 
    Head of the Colorectal Cancer Centre
  • Dr Oliver Tomé
    Head of the Gynaecological Cancer Centre
    Head of the Collaborative Breast Centre
  • Private Lecturer Dr Thomas Schneider
    Head of the Lung Cancer Centre
  • Prof. Dr Serena Preyer
    Head of the Head and Neck Tumour Centre


Karlsruhe Central Railway Station 1.5 km
Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport 40 km
Stuttgart Airport 82 km
Strasbourg Airport, France 96 km
Frankfurt Airport 139 km

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Prof. Dr Christian Meyer zum Büschenfelde
Clinic Director

St Vincentius Clinics
Department of Haematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Medicine
Südendstraße 32, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

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