Introduction of the department of Radiation Oncology

The department of Radiation Oncology at Erasmus MC Cancer Institute is one of the largest in the Netherlands, with over 5,100 patients treated each year, 14 linear accelerators including 2 Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery Units on three different locations. The department comprises a very active Intervention Radiotherapy program including hyperthermia and brachytherapy.

In addition to this, we have a world-class Radiobiology department focusing on DNA repair mechanism and who discovered the inhibition of BRCA protein with Hyperthermia, and an internationally recognized Medical Physics Department with a strong research program focusing on planning automation and optimization, adaptive radiotherapy with in room CT, and biological image guided radiotherapy.

Our department also has a very close collaboration with Leiden and Delft Universities developing the Holland PTC proton therapy facility .

A total of 27 Radiation Oncologists, one Hyperthermia specialist, and 9 Medical Physicists are deeply committed to improve the treatment of our patients, creating novel forms of cancer ablation therapies - the vision being to deliver a minute number of treatments with extreme precision, such that patients could return to their normal lives quickly and minimizing side effects of the radiation treatment. 

Interview with Radiation Oncologist Joost Nuyttens, PhD, about the Cyberknife

Date published: 29 January 2016

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