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The cancer centre is a part of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). The University Medical Centre is the referral centre for the Northern part of the Netherlands with a population of approximately 2.5 million. Besides the tertiary referral role the hospital has maintained its role as a public hospital since the founding in 1797. Activities are focused on 3 key areas: treatment, research and teaching. 


  • 1300 inpatient beds, including the Cancer Centre
  • Bone marrow transplant unit
  • Radiotherapy
  • Imaging services
  • Endoscopy centre
  • Pain Centre
  • Tumour boards and multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists
  • Teaching of graduate and post-graduate courses
  • Research laboratories (medical oncology, haematology, paediatrics, surgical)


We have dedicated multidisciplinary teams who treat and perform research in the field of all common, rare solid cancers, paediatric cancers as well as haemato-oncological malignancies with a bone marrow transplant unit. Moreover, the staff is dedicated to teach young professionals. 

Palliative and Supportive Care

University Medical Center Groningen Staff, Groningen, The Netherlands

Within the UMCG there is a structured Palliative Care Team and a Pain Centre who collaborate to support patients and their families on a consultation base. Within the philosophy of our hospital, the treating physician remains responsible for the care of his/her patient. To accomplish this philosophy, our team can be consulted by physicians from our hospital as well as general practitioners. Patients are seen in the hospital, at the outpatient clinic and if indicated at home.  Moreover, guidelines with regard to symptom management have been developed and are available on the UMCG website for professionals.
The multidisciplinary Palliative Care Team is comprised of a representative of every (para)medical discipline working at our hospital. The daily consultations are performed by:

  • Internists, including a medical oncologist
  • An anaesthetist
  • A nursing consultant
  • A radiation oncologist
  • A psychiatrists
  • A pulmonologist
  • A general practitioner
  • A gastroenterologist

Research into cancer pain, nutrition and health care organization is actively conducted.

Last update: April 2020


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