Availability of Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is currently unavailable in the Netherlands. The UMCG Radiotherapy department refers patients eligible for this type of therapy to other European centres, such as:
- Westdeutsches Protonentherapie Zentrum Essen in Essen (Germany)
- Heidelberger Ionstrahl-Therapiezentrum (HIT) in Heidelberg (Germany)
- Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen (Switzerland).
If no European centres are able to accommodate a referral, patients can also be referred to one of the various centres in the United States.
The UMCG expects to be able to treat eligible patients using proton radiotherapy as of the end of 2017, specifically at the UMC Groningen Proton Therapy Centre, part of the UMCG Radiotherapy department.