Esophageal cancer

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

Berthe Aleman in gesprek (slokdarmkanker)
We closely collaborate in multidisciplinary treatment teams which allows us to offer our patients the personalized treatment type that they need.
dr, Berthe Aleman Radiation 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.

  • 8.9
  • 9.0
  • 9.1
  • 8.7
    Wishes when choosing treatment
  • 8.8
    Shared decision making
"The care provided is highly specialized with expertise and an eye for the human dimension."
Dhr. Molenaar 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

  • 543

    patients with esophageal cancer
  • 186

    new patients
  • 47

    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.

  • 247

    patients who have undergone one or more types of treatment
  • 38

    surgical treatments
  • 132

    radiation treatments
  • 76

    drug treatments
  • 134

    endoscopic treatments
Karen van Os
We research the additional benefits of new scanning techniques for our patients, in order to select the best treatment option for each patient and adapt if necessary.
Karen van Os Nuclear medicine specialist

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.

  • 5 days

    rapid diagnostics

    We offer rapid diagnostics for stomach and esophageal cancer every Wednesday. The wait times depend on the moment of referral, but new patients can usually come in on the following Wednesday.

  • 5 days

    Second opinion

    You can usually get a second opinion within five 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. Surgical treatment:                 <14 days*

2. Radiotherapy treatment:          <14 days

3. Treatment with medication       <14 days

*On average, we can start treatment two weeks after your first visit to the clinic. Surgical treatment may take longer due to the pretreatment. You will receive this pretreatment while you wait for surgery.

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