Rijnstate, Arnhem

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Maurice van der Vorst
Address Wagnerlaan 55
PO Box 9555
Arnhem, Gelderland 6800 TA


Contact Tel: (+31) 26 37 88 888 -
Web Rijnstate

Centre history

Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem houses 850 beds and has a staff of 3000 employees. It is a top clinical teaching hospital in the Netherlands, and offers inpatient and outpatient services in 29 medical specialties, as well as emergency care, with a special focus on oncology, immunology, vascular care, and vulnerable elderly. Yearly more than 500.000 outpatients and 40.000 inpatients are treated.

Department profile

The oncology center Rijnstate is a state-of-art facility, which provides patients with the most comprehensive approach to oncology treatment.
Eight tumour-specific working groups make treatment plans for all oncology patients in daily or weekly multidisciplinary oncology meetings. Patients with breast cancer are seen on multidisciplinary (one-stop) outpatient clinics.
The staff includes one haemato-oncologist, four oncologists and three haematologists, three specialised oncology nurses, five nurses specialised in palliative care, and two research nurses.
The oncology ward consists of 23 beds. Allocated palliative care beds at the oncology ward are available for respite care. A separate day care chemotherapy unit consists of 24 beds and chairs. The lung-oncology has a separate department.
Radiotherapie groep location Arnhem is located next to Rijnstate hospital and is an independent, multidisciplinary radiation oncology center. Annually, approximately 2500 patients are treated with external beam radiation or brachytherapy at Radiotherapy groep location Arnhem.

Areas of specialisation

The department of medical oncology treats all common solid tumours.
Rijnstate is a member of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OESI).

Palliative and supportive care

There is 24/7 oncological and palliative care available for inpatients and outpatients. We work in close cooperation with other consultants, transfer service, GP’s, nursing homes, nearby hospices, and the home care palliative care services.
The hospital has a interdisciplinary specialist palliative care service for all (oncology) patients. This team consists of medical oncologists, anaesthesiologists, radiation oncologists, a geriatrist, nurse practitioners (NP's) palliative care, a psychologist and pastoral care workers (chaplains, humanistic counselors and a Islamitic counseler).
Our consultation model is nurse-based: the NP’s palliative care do the first consultation and provide advice to the physicians and nurses at the oncology department. In this way oncology and palliative care are integrated.