Thermography-controlled wIRA superficial hyperthermia in Switzerland


Department of Radiooncology of Kantonsspital Winterthur (KSW)

After delivery and technical training: Prof. Dr. Daniel Zwahlen, Dr. Stefan Brodmann; Stefan Heckel-Reusser


After medical training:  Dr. Stefan Brodmann, Dr. Markus Notter, Olaf Sommer (Medical physicist)


Department of Radiooncology of Kantonsspital Luzern (LUKS)

After delivery and technical training: Stefan Heckel-Reusser; Prof. Dr. Gabriele Studer; Dr. Winfried Arnold

After the Lindenhofspital Bern and the Kantonsspital Aarau, KSW and LUKS are the third and fourth public hospitals in Switzerland to offer this method. In Switzerland, superficial and deep hyperthermia is becoming more and more recognized as a routinely used therapy module in radiation oncology - mainly through the efforts of pioneers such as Prof. Stephan Bodis (Kantonsspital Aarau) and Dr. Markus Notter (Lindenhofspital Bern) and their colleagues, who created the Swiss Hyperthermia Network, which has developed a quality assurance system recognized by the public insurance as a prerequisite for reimbursement. All patients for whom hyperthermia treatment appears indicated must first be presented to a regularly meeting hyperthermia tumor board, where the indication for hyperthermia treatment is confirmed or rejected. In addition, the members commit to good documentation and evaluation of the treatment results.

Switzerland can serve as a model here, and similar regulations should also be discussed with public insurances in other countries!