As of January 22nd 2018 the UMCG is one of the first hospitals in the Netherlands that is able to provide proton radiation therapy in addition to current advanced (photon) irradiation techniques. In some patients, who have an increased risk of side effects despite modern photon radiation techniques, the amount of radiation in healthy organs might be reduced by using proton radiation therapy instead. To assess whether a patient can expect to benefit from proton radiation therapy, two possible radiation plans are made: one for proton- and one for photon radiation therapy. The appropriate best plan will be selected for the actual treatment.
Am I eligible for referral to another country?
Not all patients are eligible for treatment in another country. Only children and patients with tumours at the base of the skull or eye tumours are currently being referred.