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'Difference in quality cancer treatments too big'

Feb 2nd 2014 at 10:40 PM

'Difference in quality cancer treatments too big'

A cancer patient is in one hospital better off than in the other hospital. The difference in quality of cancer treatments is too big, you KWF.

That writes the, based on a report that KWF publishes.

According to research by KWF, there are major differences in the quality of cancer treatment in hospitals in the Netherlands.

As oncologists perform sometimes several times a year a particular treatment or do not they comply with the directive, which is not the best result is achieved, the newspaper writes.

Prostate cancer

Although KWF emphasizes that quality of care is high in the Netherlands, believes ontological surgeon and co-author of the Michel Outers report that the risk is considerable that a patient at one hospital has increased survival compared to the other hospital.

This is particularly true for patients with prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men. A third addition to radiotherapy of prostate cancer patients with an aggressive form, also get hormone therapy, as required by the Directive. Two-thirds receive hormone therapy, allowing patients to live longer, do not.


The lower limit is imposed on the number of cancer surgeries per hospital, should according to the report, for prostate, sarcoma and thyroid operations in the coming years upwards. Research shows that the survival of patients rise if surgeons surgery more often.




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