dr. Q. (Helena) Huismans

dr. Q. (Helena) Huismans

Full Professor
dr. Q. (Helena) Huismans
  • Clinical Trial Office

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Professor of Evaluation of Image-Guided Treatment, dedicated to improve the life of people with cancer. Committed to full integration of clinical research in routine patient care in order to facilitate undelayed evidence-based implementation of innovations in oncology.

Leader (PI) of several international (H2020) research consortia and academic industrial partnership, head of clinical research office and investigator in a range of (international) scientific studies. Strong background in teaching and development of educational modules at graduate and postgraduate level. Large international academic experience in Europe and Asia. Experienced speaker, moderator, and panel member.

Within the Division of Imaging and Cancer of the UMC Utrecht, I am responsible for clinical evaluation of innovative cancer treatments, and for evaluating to what extent theoretical benefits of these innovations translate into real benefits for patients. I lead a team of post-doc researchers, PhD students, and (medical) graduate students. I also lead the division’s clinical research office, which is responsible for trial support, data management, IT solutions, quality control and medico-ethical advise (supporting 200 academic researchers).

I lead two international consortia (one H2020 European, one transatlantic) and collaborate closely with (international) academic and industry partners. I am regularly invited as speaker at international conferences, educational sessions and consortium meetings, and as panelist at meetings/debates of professional organizations. I serve as a member in several scientific advisory boards and expert committees.

I am Strategic Advisor for 'NTvG Gezonde Zorg', a campaign of the Dutch Journal of Medicine (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde). This campaign contributes to ensuring sustainability and affordability of health care in the Netherlands by exposing the harms of medicalisation (overdiagnosis and overtreatment) and explicitly demonstrating the power of (primary) prevention. 

Side Activities


  • Board Member Dutch Breast Cancer Research Group (Borstkanker Onderzoek Groep, BOOG)
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board Dutch Expert Centre for Screening
  • Board Member J.M. Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds

Research Output (357)

Response to Comment on:"detection, Treatment, and Survival of Pancreatic Cancer Recurrence in the Netherlands: A Nationwide Analysis"

Daamen L. A., Groot V. P., Verkooijen H. M., Molenaar I. Q., Van Santvoort H. C. 1 Dec 2022, In: Annals of surgery. 276 , p. E1124-E1125

Translation and validation of the Dutch Spine Oncology Study Group Outcomes Questionnaire (SOSGOQ2.0) to evaluate health-related quality of life in patients with symptomatic spinal metastases

Gal Roxanne, van der Velden Joanne M, Bach Daimy C, Verlaan Jorrit-Jan, Geuze Ruth E, Rutges Joost Phj, Verkooijen Helena M, Versteeg Anne L 23 Nov 2022, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 23

Alternative Randomized Trial Designs in Surgery:A Systematic Review

Augustinus Simone, van Goor Iris W J M, Berkhof Johannes, Daamen Lois A, Groot Koerkamp Bas, Mackay Tara M, Molenaar I Q, van Santvoort Hjalmar C, Verkooijen Helena M, van de Ven Peter M, Besselink Marc G 1 Nov 2022, In: Annals of surgery. 276 , p. 753-760 8 p.

Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Breast Cancer Patients Through Fluorescent Imaging Using Indocyanine Green:The INFLUENCE Trial

Bargon Claudia A, Huibers Anne, Young-Afat Danny A, Jansen Britt A M, Borel-Rinkes Inne H M, Lavalaye Jules, van Slooten Henk-Jan, Verkooijen Helena M, van Swol Christiaan F P, Doeksen Annemiek 1 Nov 2022, In: Annals of surgery. 276 , p. 913-920 8 p.

A nationwide randomized controlled trial on additional treatment for isolated local pancreatic cancer recurrence using stereotactic body radiation therapy (ARCADE)

van Goor I W J M, Daamen L A, Besselink M G, Bruynzeel A M E, Busch O R, Cirkel G A, Groot Koerkamp B, Haj Mohammed N, Heerkens H D, van Laarhoven H W M, Meijer G J, Nuyttens J, van Santvoort H C, van Tienhoven G, Verkooijen H M, Wilmink J W, Molenaar I Q, Intven M P W, 28 Oct 2022, In: Trials. 23

Translation of IDEA trial results into clinical practice:Analysis of the implementation of a new guideline for colon cancer

van Rooijen Karlijn L., Derksen Jeroen W.G., Verkooijen Helena M., Vink Geraldine R., Koopman Miriam 15 Oct 2022, In: International Journal of Cancer. 151 , p. 1270-1279 10 p.

SPONGE-assisted versus Trendelenburg position surgery in laparoscopic sigmoid and rectal cancer surgery (SPONGE trial):randomized clinical trial

Fahim Milad, Couwenberg Alice, Verweij Maaike E, Dijksman Lea M, Verkooijen Helena M, Smits Anke B 14 Oct 2022, In: The British journal of surgery. 109 , p. 1081-1086 6 p.

Breast cancer recurrence after immediate and delayed postmastectomy breast reconstruction-A systematic review and meta-analysis

Bargon Claudia A, Young-Afat Danny A, Ikinci Mehmet, Braakenburg Assa, Rakhorst Hinne A, Mureau Marc A M, Verkooijen Helena M, Doeksen Annemiek 1 Oct 2022, In: Cancer. 128 , p. 3449-3469 21 p.

Daily online contouring and re-planning versus translation-only correction in neurovascular-sparing magnetic resonance-guided radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer

Teunissen Frederik R, van der Voort van Zyp Jochem R N, de Groot-van Breugel Eline N, Verkooijen Helena M, Wortel Ruud C, de Boer Johannes C J Oct 2022, In: Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology. 24 , p. 43-46 4 p.

Breast cancer patients' most important quality of life themes for a radiotherapy decision aid

Roumen Cheryl, Hasannejadasl Hajar, Swart Rachelle, Raphael Daniela, Wee Leonard, Sloep Matthijs, van den Bongard Desiree H J G, Verkooijen Helena, Thijssen Salina, Velting Mirjam, Schuurman Maaike, Russell Nicola S, Fijten Rianne, Boersma Liesbeth J Oct 2022, In: The Breast. 65 , p. 8-14 7 p.

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