21 October 2019
A scan instead of sentinel lymph node surgery
In 2019, making a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, seems more logical than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the...
28 June 2018
KWF subsidy for fundamental research into incurable brain tumours
How does the most malignant form of brain cancer develop? That's what a Maastricht research group led by Prof. Marc Vooijs, PhD will study in mini tumours which they will 'grow' in their laboratory. The scientists will receive a €150.000 subsidy from the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF)...
21 June 2018
Breast reconstruction using fat tissue does not compromise oncological safety
Lipofilling, a breast reconstruction technique using the patient's own (autologous) fat tissue, does not compromise oncological safety or cause tumour cells to recur. These are the conclusions of a doctoral study conducted by researcher Todor Krastev, affiliated with the Plastic Surgery...
12 February 2018
Successful installation of cyclotron in proton therapy centre
On Saturday 10 February, the heart of the proton therapy centre - the cyclotron or particle accelerator - was lifted with military precision into the radiation bunker of the South-East Netherlands Proton Therapy Centre (ZON-PTC). A spectacle many people came to witness from a safe distance. The...
17 January 2018
Embryo selection for hereditary breast cancer successful
Performing preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), or embryo selection, for hereditary breast cancer has proven to be successful, claims Inge Derks-Smeets of Maastricht UMC+ in her PhD research. Ten years after the first PGD procedure for hereditary breast cancer, the PhD student concludes that...