Strategic Program Cancer nieuws

Strategic Program Cancer nieuws

Kidney tumors in children: specific diagnosis with MRI

Researcher Justine van der Beek with her publication in front of the WKZ.

Justine van der Beek researched how different types of kidney tumors can be distinguished using MRI scans.

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Assumption about cause DNA damage debunked

Tobias Dansen en Daan van Soest

Worldwide, many supplements containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, are being sold. These supplements would prevent cancer and ageing. New research from UMC Utrecht calls the rationale behind the protective role of antioxidants into question, putting the use of supplements with high doses of antioxidants in a different light.

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"I'm a real tech guy"

Jeroen de Ridder

How do diseases develop? How can we recognize them more quickly? And how can we treat them in a more targeted way? By analyzing very large amounts of molecular data with the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI). This is what Jeroen de Ridder is dedicated to. As of 1 April 2024, he has been appointed as professor of bioinformatics in molecular biology at UMC Utrecht, within the Strategic Program Cancer.

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Focus on side effects of immunotherapy

IV drip agains a blurred background

More research into the side effects of immunotherapy for cancer is highly needed. That is the message of researchers from Utrecht with their article in the journal Nature Cancer. These side effects vary widely, from skin rashes to inflammation of the heart. Focus on side effects of immunotherapy

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Focus on older colorectal cancer patients

Care professional and patient talking with each other

Colon cancer occurs mainly in older people. Yet, there is a striking lack of research specifically aimed at older patients with colorectal cancer. Researchers at UMC Utrecht want to change this. The aim is to provide a more effective, less burdensome tailor-made treatment for older people with metastatic colorectal cancer.

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Lieve Tytgat appointed professor of biomarkers

Lieve Tygat, professor of biomarkers

How can we better monitor the disease progression of children with solid tumors? That is the question Lieve Tytgat focuses on. As of 1 January 2024, she has been appointed professor of biomarkers in pediatric solid tumors at UMC Utrecht. She primarily focuses on the further development of blood and urine tests to better detect and monitor childhood cancer. "If necessary and possible, we can then adjust the treatment more quickly."

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UMC Utrecht and Philips speed up development of image-guided treatments

UMC Utrecht and Philips are bringing together healthcare professionals, researchers and technicians in a 'fieldlab'. Here, they will develop new innovative technology and software to benefit healthcare. The goal is to devise less burdensome and more efficient treatments for patients, while at the same time realizing a more sustainable healthcare system.

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New study speeds up radiation therapy

Nurses preparing a patient for treatment in the MR-Linac

A targeted radiation therapy that lasts only 15 minutes, instead of 45 minutes. Plus: an even more precise, real-time treatment of the tumor. These are the two goals of a new study by UMC Utrecht to further innovate the MR-Linac. NWO has granted 1.7 million euros to this research project.

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Four new cancer research projects at UMC Utrecht receive Hanarth grants

How can artificial intelligence be used to improve treatment in cancer patients? Researchers from UMC Utrecht are working on this question. Four research projects at UMC Utrecht received funding for this from the Hanarth Fonds.

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'I learned to look at patients specifically'

Portrait picture of Hans Derks, professor of paediatric soft tissue and bone sarcomas at UMC Utrecht.

Hans Merks, professor of paediatric soft tissue and bone sarcomas at UMC Utrecht, delivered his oration on Friday 2 February, titled 'Look and marvel'. A speech about sarcoma research, deeper layers that you only start to see when you realise it and the search for effective treatments for children.

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