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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 Erasmus MC, our hospital has:

  • 1,125 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:

  • 40 inpatient beds for medical oncology,
  • 10 dedicated inpatient beds for Palliative Care and Symptom Control,
  • 19 medical oncologists,
    • 2/19 medical oncologists specialized in palliative care
  • 3 clinical nurse specialists palliative care,
  • outpatient departments with day care unit,
  • 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 Center is intended for patients and their loved ones who are dealing with a life-threatening condition. By preventing and alleviating suffering, we want to improve the quality of life of these patients and their loved ones.

We want to achieve this by providing specialist palliative care to patients who need it, both in the outpatient clinic and for hospitalized patients. Admission is possible at the Clinic Medical Oncology. In addition, we also have a pain and palliative team, in which specialists from various departments participate, such as an anesthesiologist (registered as a pain specialist), medical-oncologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, oncology nurses, CNS, social worker, and other disciplines as indicated. 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.

Last update: December 2020


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