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Princess Máxima Centre

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Person responsible for CTC programme: Prof. dr. Gertjan J.L. Kaspers

Hospital overvie:

Around 600 children in the Netherlands are diagnosed with cancer every year, and one in four children dies. Some ten years ago, the parents organisation (VOKK) and Dutch Childhood Oncology Group started working towards one national children’s cancer center that could accelerate advances in treatment. Those efforts led to the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology: a unique center that brings together complex care, research and education&training for children with cancer in the Netherlands. 

This concentration and integration of specialized pediatric oncology reflects our mission: to provide a cure and optimal quality of life for every child with cancer. Close cooperation between care and research, supported by excellent education and training, will lead to more children being cured of cancer, with fewer adverse effects later in life.

Princess Máxima Center became an independent organization caring for children with particular types of cancer in the autumn of 2014. These patients were treated on dedicated wards within the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis, WKZ), part of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). Researchers began working under the banner of the Princess Máxima Center in 2016. Construction of our purpose-built center opposite the WKZ started in that same year, and the first patients moved into the new building on May 18, 2018, which is now fully operational. The hospital has 87 beds, and 35 beds on day-care. Within care, we have four departments: Hemato-Oncology, Solid Tumors, Neuro-Oncology and Quality-of-Life (including a separate late effects outpatient clinic). We have our own imaging facilities, diagnostic laboratories, and pathology. In addition, we share many facilities with the neighbouring WKZ/UMCU, such as radiotherapy, theatres and PICU. More than 500 researchers are dedicated to pediatric oncology, and work in our own research center with up-to-date facilities. We have many early clinical trials ongoing, and are an ITCC center. The Academy is responsible for all education and training, but also for the International Outreach Program. In total, the Máxima has 1500 employees.

CTC programmes offered

1. Pediatric Oncology

Programme mentor:

Prof. Dr. A.B. Versluys, Prof.dr. Gertjan Kaspers

Duration: maximum of 3 months
Type: Visiting Observership  

(in rare cases residency can be considered)

Language requirements:

Local language is Dutch. The second language spoken at Princess Máxima Center is English.

Programme description:

The Princess Máxima Center is Europe’s largest comprehensive childhood cancer center and with its uniquely integrated patient care, research and training it offers an ideal environment for bringing talented pediatric oncology professionals to higher levels as experts and leaders in their field. Pediatricians in training, pediatric oncologists, pediatric surgeons and other specialists are offered a tailor-made training program provided by the Máxima.

During this program you will be able to observe at one of four different  departments, or a tailor-made combination:

  • Hematology- oncology (including stem cell transplantation)
  • Solid Tumors
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Quality of life