19 AUGUST 2016

Doctor Monika Warmuth-Metz

Gift of Life is funding in-person and remote consultations with the renowned radiologist Monika Warmuth-Metz as part of its International Cooperation project. Dr Warmuth-Metz works at the University Hospital of Wurzburg (Germany), and has earned a reputation as a unique specialist in the diagnosis of brain tumours and changes/lesions of the central nervous system. She provides regular consultations to patients of the Dmitry Rogachev Centre for Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Immunology in Moscow.

By studying images obtained through different forms of visualisation, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) or the even more specialised diagnostic tool of positron emission tomography (PET), radiologist Monika Warmuth-Metz answers the questions of which organs are affected, whether they’ve undergone any changes, and what those changes correspond to – haemorrhaging, tumours or inflammation – after which point she gives a diagnosis.

Fortunately, today it is possible to get remote consultations with the most experienced Western specialists. All the pictures are digital images, and can easily be transferred via the Internet. Dr Monika Warmuth-Metz’s remote consultations are cheaper; an hour of online consultation costs the foundation £120. In addition, it’s possible to call on this top specialist as many times as the treatment process demands, meaning more of the children in the foundation’s care get the chance for a swift recovery.

With that said, Dr Warmuth-Metz’s visits to Moscow, to the Dmitry Rogachev Centre, are still necessary, not only for the patients but for the doctors too. This modern hospital’s work would be unimaginable without the support of experienced foreign experts, doubly so when it comes to the brain, an extremely complex object to diagnose. There is simply no other specialist in the field who has seen as many images as Dr Warmuth-Metz. She presents her analyses with perfect clarity, giving the hospital’s doctors a unique opportunity to learn from her experience.

We would like to tell you about two of the Centre’s patients whose ongoing treatment greatly benefited from Dr Warmuth-Metz’s consultations.

Matvey Kolos, 6 years old, Elektrostal (Moscow Oblast), medulloblastoma


Matvey fell ill in spring 2014. He developed severe headaches, spontaneous vomiting, and trouble walking. He was quickly diagnosed with a brain tumour and sent to the Centre for Paediatric Haematology in Moscow. First, the doctors performed surgery to remove the tumour, after which Matvey faced a difficult period of treatment: several chemotherapy courses and radiation therapy. After that, Matvey received a follow-up MRT scan, which revealed tumour remnants. However, due to their location, the doctors decided not to remove them, but instead to keep them controlled with maintenance chemotherapy. Dr Warmuth-Metz studied Matvey’s MRT, and thanks to her consultation the doctors in charge were able to choose a strategy for the boy’s further treatment. Now, Matvey is feeling well; he is in remission and visits the hospital for check-ups and necessary therapy.

Daniella Nikitenkova, 12 years old, Golynki (Smolensk Oblast), medulloblastoma


Daniella has already undergone two brain tumour removal operations. The first was in 2014 in Tyumen, where she also received all her subsequent treatment. But in 2016, the tumour began to grow again, and Daniella came to the Centre for Paediatric Haematology for a repeat surgery. Dr Warmuth-Metz studied the MRT images before and after the surgery, which helped the doctors understand what further treatment to give Daniella. Now, she is receiving the therapy she needs and is feeling all right.