Centre of Expertise Health Innovation

Research Group Oncological Care

Most patients have one desire, namely to have their health problems treated as quickly and effectively as possible. They do not want to encounter any obstacles along their ‘care path’. But, in reality, the hospital admission and discharge processes do not always run smoothly, even though better pre and post-treatment often has numerous health benefits.

About the research group

The Oncological Care research group is bridging the gap between first and second-line care and conducting research into practical applications that benefit both cancer patients and other patients. These include physical therapy in order to stay fit between two chemotherapy regimens, skin therapy to prevent or alleviate pain associated with operation scars, and home consultations using Google Glass. All of these strategies reduce the cost of care and will most likely lead to health benefits and a better quality of life in the long term.

The Oncological Care research group works together closely with the Haaglanden Medisch Centrum (HMC) and care institutions in the region. We establish studies in collaboration with these partners. This makes it possible for students to come into contact with research during a Master’s or dual degree programme in order to gain a more in-depth perspective of the field. We facilitate research opportunities in the region and work together closely with the Rehabilitation, Technology for Health and Nutrition & Dietetics degree programmes.

About the professor

dr. Joost van der Sijp MD

Joost has been working as a surgeon since 1993. He did his residency at St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein and the University Medical Centre Utrecht and his doctoral research was conducted over the course of a year at St. Mark’s Hospital in London. After completing his residency, he worked at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Daniël den Hoed Clinic in Rotterdam and the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He has been an oncological surgeon at the Haaglanden Medisch Centrum since 2005. His interest and expertise lie primarily in breast cancer and oncological surgery of the gastrointestinal tract. Joost holds several administrative positions both within and outside of the hospital and is a member of various advisory panels related to oncological care.

Additional positions 

  • Oncological surgeon at the Haaglanden Medical Centre 

  • Member of the Netherlands Association of Surgeons (NVvH) 

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Netherlands Journal of Palliative Care (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Palliatieve Zorg) 

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the European Early Lung Cancer Detection Group, Rotterdam 

  • Member of the Surgical Task Force of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) – ESS 

  • Advisor for the Stichting Florin Payments 

  • Consultant at Johnson&Johnson 

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Federation of Medical Specialists 

  • Owner of Foonco BV consultancy in healthcare 

  • Owner of Florine-care 

  • Owner of Lucynia BV “Let food be the medicine“ 

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Better pre and post-treatment enables us to provide our patients with significant benefits.


The Hospital Room of the Future

The Hospital Room of the Future

With all the (technological) developments that offer new possibilities, the way hospital rooms are setup can become better and more efficient in the future. For example, a patient can recover more quickly if there are possibilities for exercise in the hospital room. And automating measurements can ease the burden on care staff. The Oncological Care and Technology for Healthcare Research Group, together with HMC Antoniushove, are studying which innovations belong in the Hospital Room of the Future.

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A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

People with cancer recover faster if they are in better shape at the start of their treatment. Being fit goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle: a healthy diet and enough exercise. Both technology and a good partnership between patient and care professional can support someone in learning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But what application works best for whom? How can care professionals best work together with patients? The Oncological Care Research Group is involved in the Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out to conduct a series of research on this.

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Student projects: Oncological Care Research Group 2017-2019

Student projects: Oncological Care Research Group 2017-2019

The research group has been working on the further development of applied scientific research within oncological care, with a focus on the application of technology. The students who completed the internship were able to learn about the field of oncological care and were given the opportunity to conduct research and to carry out projects that also led to the actual implementation of technology and care products.

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dr. Joost van der Sijp
Professor Oncological Care
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Natalie Janse
Senior management assistant
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