Posted on Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at 12:30 PM by IK K
Our project Excellent Cancer Centers addresses the fundamental issue that on the one hand it is well known that there are significant differences in quality between the different hospitals that treat for Cancer, but that for the patient there are no tools to find out about those differences. A method that is both elegant and efficient to obtain a ranking that is useful for patients has been developed by professor Bert Kersten, in cooperation with a commercial company.
The method involves asking all specialists in the Netherlands the question (within their own area of expertise): “If it were youre own partner who had Cancer, which center would you recommend?” It turns out that this way of asking the question gives usable and clear results, and also raises little doubt as to honesty or reliability.
And the result is significant: for each different type of Cancer (we take the 15 most relevant types) there are very few (between 1 and 10, but mostly 3 or 4) centers where you find really the best expertise and where you get the best possible treatment. Excellence is a self-amplifying effect, research and treatment go hand in hand: the more patients you see, the better you can distinguish the differences and unique characteristics of each, and the faster and the more we learn.
An example that is now universally accepted is the Máxima Children’s Hospital for Cancer, where all the best knowledge, equipment, experience and environment for children are available, and the results are demonstrably better than when treatment was still distributed.
Where are we now:
We are convinced that successful implementation will lead to broad improvements for society in the shape of:
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