Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis Aalst

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr Philippe Vroman, Medical Oncologist


Contact Phone: +32 53/72 41 11
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Centre history

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwziekenhuis – also named ‘OLV Hospital” – is a major regional hospital in Belgium with three campuses (Aalst, Ninove and Asse). The main campus is located in the city of Aalst, between Ghent and Brussels. The OLV Hospital has a long tradition of quality care and top medical service. Its history goes back to the early 20th century. Since then, along with its growing expertise and reputation, OLV has expanded its capacity. Following the merger with two local hospitals (in Asse and Ninove, in 2001-2002), and a major expansion project in 2009, OLV now has almost 1000 hospital beds (including 100 in day clinic).

Department profile

The “OLV Hospital” offers everyone access to a wide array of medical consultations, examinations, interventions, therapies and after-care – both in day clinic and through hospitalisation. Within the framework of this wide programme of care, OLV is pioneering in combining the forces of various medical disciplines in function of the patient’s needs, e.g. in the OLV breast clinic and the multidisciplinary tumour-boards. OLV always aims to reduce the impact of a medical intervention for the patient, thus enabling faster recovery. This makes OLV also a pioneer in the area of minimally invasive techniques and precision surgery assisted by robots – e.g. as applied for cardiovascular conditions and in urology. Every day, the physicians and staff of OLV give their best in order to offer first-class care to the patient. Beside physical health, they also take the well-being of the patient to heart – in all its aspects and in every stage of life.

With almost 3,000 direct staff members, OLV is the largest employer of the region. And with over 85,000 hospitalisation cases per annum, one of the largest non-university hospitals in Flanders.

Areas of specialisation

The oncology department is organised in a multidisciplinary way, combining the forces of: medical oncology, internal medicine, surgery, radiology, radiotherapy and pathology. The department is coordinated by an Oncologic Steering Committee chaired by the medical oncologist. The oncologic unit has an out-patient facility, a day-clinic with 36 positions and a dedicated hospitalisation unit of 40 beds which centralises medical treatment of all cancer patients under supervision of the various oncologists and a specialised nursing team.

The radiotherapy department is equipped with four linear accelerators. Specialised staff provides onco-psychosocial and palliative guidance (cf. infra). The palliative care is organised separately involving a palliative care team (PCT) and a separate palliative care unit (PCU) of six beds.

Palliative and supportive care

The Palliative Care Team (PCT) is a multidisciplinary team that makes recommendations about the management of pain and other symptoms, especially in difficult and complex cases. The PCT also addresses emotional, social and spiritual issues associated with cancer. Its goal is to ensure the best possible quality of life for all patients involved.

The Palliative Care Unit (PCU) has six beds, situated at a separate unit at the campus of Asse.