Strategic Program Cancer nieuws

Strategic Program Cancer nieuws

New partnership accelerates the development of new cancer therapies

Working in a laboratory

Cancer is one of the greatest health challenges of our time. We still do not succeed in providing effective treatment to all cancer patients. Oncode Accelerator now aims to change this. Within this partnership, more than 30 public and private partners, including UMC Utrecht, are now working together. Its aim: to make patients benefit from effective therapies faster.

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How do immune cells recognise cancer?

3D image of a tumor being attacked by white blood cells.

UMC Utrecht unravels how immune cells recognise and battle cancer.

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AI foresees higher risk of breast cancer

Patiënt in mri met artsen ernaast

Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to develop breast cancer. With the help of AI (artificial intelligence), researchers from UMC Utrecht have now found a factor that may be an additional indicator that cancer is developing within dense breasts: the extent to which the normal glandular tissue lights up on the MRI because of the contrast fluid. This result may ultimately help to more effectively use additional MRI scans to detect cancer in dense breast tissue.

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Marcel Kool appointed Professor of Childhood brain tumors

Prof. dr. Marcel Kool has been appointed professor of Childhood brain tumors at UMC Utrecht. With his professorship, he aims to accelerate developments in precision medicine: 'Together we can ensure that knowledge from the lab is translated more quickly into clinical studies for the children who stand to benefit the most.'

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Leendert Looijenga becomes professor

Leendert Looijenga

Leendert Looijenga has been appointed professor of translational germ cell oncology and fertility at UMC Utrecht. With his chair, he aims to improve the diagnosis and follow-up of children and young adults with germ cell tumours to contribute to improved survival and quality of life.

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Ronald de Krijger becomes professor of pathology

Portrait picture of Ronald de Krijger.

Ronald de Krijger has been appointed professor of Pathology of solid pediatric tumours at UMC Utrecht.

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New UMC Utrecht cancer research with 'mini-organs'

New UMC Utrecht cancer research with 'mini-organs'.

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UMC Utrecht makes genetic testing more accessible

Woman and man having conversation with female doctor

Is my breast or ovarian cancer hereditary? To answer that question, patients are referred to the genetics department of a university medical centre. But that referral does not always take place or takes place relatively late. UMC Utrecht therefore trained healthcare professionals from eight hospitals to request genetic testing themselves. As a result, patients receive genetic testing faster.

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UMC Utrecht eases treatment of liver cancer

Treated in two hours instead of two weeks: the go-ahead has been given for two clinical trials in which liver cancer patients will actually be treated with the hybrid C-arm. The device, an invention of UMC Utrecht, speeds up and eases radioembolization. This project is part of the IMAGIO consortium, which has now received an IHI grant of no less than 24 million euros from the European Union and its partners.

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New cancer research with MR-Linac and ultrasound

Nurses preparing a patient for treatment in the MR-Linac

UMC Utrecht researchers are starting two new projects to treat cancer with image-guided interventions. For one research, they are using MRI-guided radiotherapy, for the other ultrasound techniques. Their projects are made possible by KWF Dutch Cancer Society, which has granted them almost 1.5 million euros in total.

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