Palliative care unit

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Palliative care is used when the possibilities of curing an illness reach their limits. We develop individual approaches together with seriously ill people at the end of their lives and their relatives. The starting point is always the personal ideas and needs of the patients and the goal of alleviating their symptoms as best as possible.

In palliative care, we therefore use all modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods to alleviate pain and discomfort and integrate special aspects of anthroposophic care as well as art-based therapies to support our patients physically, emotionally and spiritually. We also help our patients with further outpatient care.

We supplement the traditional palliative medicine of our hospital with a ward for supportive cancer medicine, in which we make use of the experience of palliative medicine for the treatment of cancer patients with severe side effects of therapy or a worsened general condition. If supportive measures are integrated into the treatment at the beginning or at an early stage of the cancer, the patients' quality of life and chances of recovery can be significantly improved - as has been demonstrated by studies in recent years. By combining conventional medicine and integrative methods, including mistletoe therapy, patients are strengthened and, if necessary, given further anti-tumour therapy. You can find out more about supportive cancer therapy here.


  • Tumour-associated / tumour-related pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nutritional and digestive problems, severe nausea, vomiting
  • Cachexia (emaciation)
  • Skin and mucous membrane disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Improving the conditions for the implementation of oncological therapies
  • Reduction of undesirable side effects of potentially toxic therapies
  • Exhaustion, cancer-related fatigue (CRF)
  • Anxiety, depression, dealing with illness-related psychological stress


  • Support for dying people and their relatives
  • Combination of conventional medicine and integrative / anthroposophic medicine
  • Modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods for pain and discomfort relief
  • Integrative approaches, e.g. music therapy, therapeutic painting and modelling / sculpting, eurythmy therapy
  • Rhythmic massage and lymphatic drainage
  • Nursing applications: rhythmic therapeutic rubs and wraps/applications
  • Physiotherapy
  • Talking therapy
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Social counselling
  • Pastoral care


Ward 5, Building 12

Julia Gerking

  • 030/365 01-1050
  • Mon to Fri: 9.30 am to 2 pm

Consultation hours for advice on admission to the Palliative Care Unit are by appointment

Sarah Schadow Desirée Kreis

Sarah Schadow, Désirée Kreis

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