Lung | Thymus
Our team of five radiation oncologists uses advanced techniques such as VMAT and stereotactic radiotherapy to treat tumors in the thoracic region.
Our multi-disciplinary approach
We discuss all lung cancer patients in a weekly multi-disciplinary meeting, attended by specialists from the departments of radiology, radiotherapy, pulmonology, nuclear medicine, (thoracic) surgery and pathology. For each patient, the team discusses the best treatment approach. If necessary, additional imaging and other diagnostics may be requested.
Most of our treatments can also be received at our treatment location in Emmen. For an optimal treatment, we will acquire a 4D-CT scan. This allows us to determine and take into account breathing-induced motion of the lungs and the tumor. During treatment delivery we regularly acquire cone-beam CTs to validate the accuracy of treatment delivery.
You can find more information about our treatment techniques here.
As of January 2018 we offer proton therapy for selected indications. Proton therapy is not yet available for patients within the Thoracic Program. In the near future we may offer this treatment to selected patients.
We have an on-going follow-up program for all lung cancer patients who have received radiotherapy. At predetermined intervals, we contact patients by phone to track the late side-effects of the administered radiation therapy.
O. Chouvalova, MD
A.H.D. Van der Leest, MD
Cancer in the elderly
J.F. Ubbels, MD
Soft tissue tumors
R. Wijsman, MD
M. Woltman - Van Iersel, MD
The Thoracic Program participates in the following clinical trials and studies:
In collaboration with the department of thoracic surgery.
Motion of the tumor and surrounding tissues is monitored and the possible consequences for proton therapy are determined. The study involves an additional CT-scan each week of treatment, and additional checks at each treatment fraction.