The department of Medical Oncology is located in two locations of the Erasmus University Medical Centre: the Erasmus MC Daniel den Hoed Cancer Centre and the general university hospital. The Erasmus MC is the referral centre for the South-Western part of the Netherlands. Besides the tertiary referral role, the hospital has maintained its role as a public hospital. Activities are focused on treatment, research and teaching.
The department of Medical Oncology is part of the university hospital Erasmus MC that includes the Cancer Centre, our hospital has:
- 1,175 inpatient beds, including the Cancer Centre,
All specialities in oncology,
- including medical oncology, haematology, surgery, radiotherapy, paediatric oncology, neuro-oncology, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics, head and neck oncology, family counselling clinic
Multidisciplinary Tumour Boards for the various cancer types,
- including the Tumour Board on Cancer Pain and Palliative Care
- Imaging services,
- An inpatient Consultation Team for Pain and Palliative Care,
- An intramural Unit for Palliative Care and Symptom Control,
- A Unit for Psychosocial Care and Consultative Psychiatry,
- consisting of social workers, psychologists, chaplains and nursing consultant psychiatry to support psychosocial care for all patients who are in need
- A Pain Clinic.
The hospital participates in the Palliative Care Network Rotterdam and has contacts with all networks in the South-Western part of the Netherlands
The department of Medical Oncology has:
- 70 inpatient beds for medical oncology,
- 13 inpatient beds in the Unit for Palliative Care and Symptom Control,
17 medical oncologists,
- 3/17 medical oncologists specialized in palliative care
- 7 clinical nurse specialists palliative care and home care technology,
- outpatient departments with day care unit,
- both in the cancer centre and in the general university hospital
- the responsibility for coordinating palliative care within the hospital.
In the Erasmus MC, we treat all solid tumours and haemato-oncological malignancies. The department of Medical Oncology focuses its research mainly on translational pharmacology; translational cancer genomics and proteomics; and palliative and supportive care. The research programmes interact extensively, both in the clinic and in our research laboratories.
Palliative and supportive care
The palliative care service is present at the inpatient unit for Palliative Care and Symptom Control (PCSC) in the Cancer Centre, where care is given by a multidisciplinary team and coordinated by a medical oncologist specialized in palliative care. The multidisciplinary team further consists of a neurologist, anaesthesiologists (registered as a pain specialist), psychiatrist, oncology nurses, CNS and other disciplines as indicated. In the university hospital one medical oncologist specialized in palliative care and four clinical nurse specialists in palliative care participate in the Consultation Team for Pain and Palliative Care (P&P team) together with anaesthesiologists, neurologists and other disciplines as indicated. The medical oncologists specialized in palliative care also participate in the multidisciplinary tumour board on cancer pain and palliative care. For patients who are at home, and who are treated with home care technology, a 24 hours telephone service is available via the PCSC. Our research is embedded in the Expertise Centre of Palliative Care focusing on three research themes: symptom management, care for the dying and medical decisions around the end of life.