Colon cancer

Read more about the patient satisfaction rates, our specialists' expertise, innovations, and wait times for colon cancer treatment.

Arend Aalbers in gesprek (anuskanker, darmkanker)
Our multidisciplinary approach is still unique. Our patients have their consultation with a surgeon, internist, and radiation oncologist.
Dr. Arend Aalbers Surgeon

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 with colorectal cancer give the Netherlands Cancer Institute the following ratings.

  • 9.1
  • 8.9
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
    Wishes when choosing treatment
  • 8.6
    Shared decision making
"My physical wellbeing was discussed, but there was also plenty of time for the mental aspect. I greatly appreciated that."
Dhr. Maurer 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


  • 4668

    patients with colon cancer
  • 1474

    new patients
  • 140

    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.

Surgical treatments (most common)

  • 88

    colon resections
  • 63

    rectal resections

The Netherlands Cancer Institute is part of the quality registration audit “Dutch ColoRectal Audit (DCRA)” which ensures an overview of the quality of care at this and other hospitals. The results are compared to the national average. 

Drug treatments (most common)

  • 297

  • 82

    targeted therapy
  • 83


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. 

Tadiation treatments (total)

  • 261

    radiation treatments
Monique van Leerdam in gesprek (1) (darmkanker)
Thanks to constant innovations, we have access to the latest technologies and drugs for optimal oncological care for our patients.
Dr. Monique van Leerdam Gastroenterologist

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.



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:          <21 days

2. Surgical treatment:                 <34 days

3. Treatment with medication       <14 days


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