NCT Patient Advisory Committee

Assistance for questions and suggestions

The Patient Advisory Committee aids patients in raising their questions and expressing their desires related to NCT. The committee has three spokespersons: experienced active participants from oncologic self-help groups and patients at NCT.

The spokespersons as neutral and independent partners are available to help everyone quickly forward their concerns to the appropriate place. The committee regularly discusses suggestions for improvements and ideas with the NCT management and develops corresponding measures, such as improving communication between patients and physicians or within patient care. In addition, the Patient Advisory Council is available to scientists and physicians at the NCT Heidelberg for the planning of clinical research projects.

The Heidelberg Self-help Office coordinates and manages the Patient Advisory Committee.

You may contact the NCT Patient Advisory Committee at:


Spokespersons of the Patient Advisory Committee

Annette Hans | Self-help group in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region for lung cancer patients and their families

„My goal is to champion the rights and needs of those patients who are unable to do so themselves. The Patient Advisory Committee is intended to act as a voice for patients and their families in order to communicate suggestions and praise to those responsible at NCT and vice versa. I do not need any specific motivation because I enjoy helping, or at least try to, and I rely on good cooperation with NCT.”

Christa Knebel | Leukemia and lymphoma help, Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region

„It is a particular concern of mine, as a member of the patient advisory committee, to function as a link between patients and doctors. Since I myself am incurably ill, I understand the fears and problems of these patients very well. I am very happy to be able to act as an intermediary with empathy and dedication.”

Imke Veit-Schirmer | Patient representative

„I was a patient of the NCT in 2016. In general I always felt safe and in very good hands especially regarding the medical care, but concerning the communication between physician and patient, the manner of information sharing as well as the organization of appointments, there would be a lot of improvement possible. To that I would like to contribute.