The NCT in Heidelberg

Together against cancer – with focus on the patient

The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg combines patient care and patient-oriented research under one roof. What is special about the NCT is its multidisciplinary approach.

Two outstanding institutions in research and patient care, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD), have joined forces in order to provide best patient care. Cancer patients receive state of the art therapy at the NCT. Physicians and scientists from multiple disciplines work side by side to implement new promising research results as fast as possible. All of them follow the core concept of the NCT: Together against cancer – with focus on the patient.

The NCT in Heidelberg

Translation the latest results into clinical applications fast
The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg combines outstanding patient care with excellent cancer research. Our aim is to translate the latest research results into better treatment and prevention strategies as fast as possible.

Strong through strong partners
The NCT was founded in 2004 in Heidelberg in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD). The German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe) funds the NCT Heidelberg as an Oncology Center of Excellence. Since 2015, a second site for the NCT beside Heidelberg has been under development in Dresden.

Shaping the future
The expansion and extension of the NCTs Heidelberg and Dresden is subsidized by federal and regional governments. Based on increased cooperation and funding of specific areas with scientific and clinical excellence, the NCT has established a very strong international reputation.

Excellent Patient Care

Patients are the focus of our attention. We act as a central portal for all cancer patients at UKHD and coordinate numerous oncological studies of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD).

The NCT Heidelberg offers...

Valuable networking of clinical practice and research

Together against cancer
Whether in surgery, molecular therapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy: At the NCT Heidelberg, scientists and physicians from the DKFZ and UKHD are working together to develop innovative diagnostics and treatment strategies.

Personal – individual – targeted
The NCT Heidelberg stands for personalized cancer medicine. Molecular and immunological investigations can identify changes in tumors that are relevant for cancer formation and treatment. Our aim is to use this knowledge to develop tailor-made precise treatment procedures for all patients.

Active against cancer
Prevention and early detection are important topics at the NCT Heidelberg. Interdisciplinary teams are investigating how to preserve health, reduce side-effects, and improve patients’ quality of life.