Brain tumors and brain metastases

Read more about the patient satisfaction rates, our specialists' expertise, innovations, and wait times for brain tumors and brain metastases treatment.

Dieta Brandsma in gesprek (hersentumoren)
Every patient with a tumor in the brain or spine is unique. Together we can find the best treatment option for you.
Dieta Brandsma Neuro-oncologist

Patient satisfaction

Patient satisfaction rates are the opinions of our patients on the care and services they received at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Our patients named expertise, personal care, information, trust, and the possibility to be involved as important aspects in their ratings of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.


Patient satisfaction rates at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Patients give the Netherlands Cancer Institute the following ratings.

  • 8.7
  • 8.9
  • 9.0
  • 8.7
    Wishes when choosing treatment
  • 8.8
    Shared decision making
Dhr. Vlaar
"The physician thinks along with you; tackling the issue together, that was really nice."
Dhr. Vlaar Patient


Expertise is the experience and skill of our specialists, specific to this cancer type. We measure their expertise by keeping records of the numbers of patients treated, the numbers of patients requesting a second opinion, and the types of treatments being delivered.

The following data is based on the year 2015

  • 1165

    patients with brain tumors
  • 193

    new patients
  • 37

    second opinions

Further division by treatment type

The expertise of our team of specialists is based on the three main treatments: the number of patients receiving surgery, radiation, and/or treatment with cancer drugs. We will give you further insights into our experience per treatment.

Radiation therapies (total)

  • 342

    radiation treatments

Drug treatments (most common)

  • 48

  • 9

  • 5

    targeted therapy

Many patients at the Netherlands Cancer Institute participate in a clinical trial looking into drug treatments, such as immunotherapy. These patients have not been included in the overview. 

Surgical treatments

Neurological surgeries are done by neurosurgeons at the Amsterdam UMC. They take part in our multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss the patients together.

Gerben Borst in gesprek (hersentumoren)
We constantly strive to further personalize our treatments to improve the prognoses and maintain the best quality of life possible.
Dr. Gerben Borst Radiation oncologist

Wait times

Our wait times are currently longer than we would like for certain treatments. Displayed below are the expected wait times.

Our physicians closely monitor whether the wait time is acceptable for you based on your situation and physical shape. The wait times may differ between patients if the situation requires it.

  • 14 days


    We aim to operate malignant tumors within 14 days

  • 4 days

    Second opinion

    You can usually get a second opinion within four days


First appointment

Wait time until the first appointment

80% of our patients are seen within one week.

Establishing a treatment plan

Between your first visit to the clinic and the first diagnostics, there may be a period for additional tests, and for the specialists involved in the treatment to discuss and establish the treatment plan with the patient.

Start of treatment

Start of the treatment

Wait times until the start of the treatment

Our patients will start treatment within the following number of days: 

1. Radiotherapy treatment:          <14 days

2. Treatment with medication       <14 days


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