Alongside cardiovascular disease, cancer is the leading cause of death in the Netherlands. The risk of cancer increases considerably with age. And because we are all living longer, it is expected that over the coming years, the number of cancer patients will rise rapidly. Traditionally, the UMCG has been the leading center for oncological care in the region.
More and more patients are treated or live longer with their disease. As a result, treatment and care are also undergoing change, and are also often more complex than in the past. This means that the organization of care for cancer patients is highly focused on close collaboration between physicians, nurses and other groups of professionals.
At the UMCG, a great deal of research is carried out in the field of oncology. Groningen has an excellent international reputation in translating results of study into daily patient care.