Head and neck cancer

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

Abrahim Al Mamgami in gesprek (hoofd-halskanker)
We want to further personalize our radiation treatments, to minimize the side effects while maintaining optimal tumor control.
dr. Abrahim Al-Mamgani 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.

8.6

Patient satisfaction rates at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Patients give the Netherlands Cancer Institute the following ratings.

  • 8.5
    Personal attention
  • 8.1
    Information
  • 8.5
    Expertise
  • 8.6
    Confidence/ trust
  • 8.3
    Shared decision making
Van Harten
"My physician openly, warmly, and gradually explained what I could expect. It was an intense but very warm period of my life."
Dhr. van Harten Patient

Expertise

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

  • 2899

    patients with head and neck cancer
  • 692

    new patients
  • 51

    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.

Michiel van den Brekel in gesprek (hoofd-halskanker)
Our head and neck surgeons have a great level of expertise, are innovative, and work in a multidisciplinary team.
prof. dr. Michiel van Brekel Head and neck surgeon

Wait times

The wait times presented below are just indications of the average wait times and are based on the average wait times (median) of the past month.

  • 6 days

    rapid diagnostics

    You can usually get rapid diagnostics within six days

  • 5 days

    Second opinion

    You can usually get a second opinion within five days

4
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.

14-24
days

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:          <24 days

3. Treatment with medication       <14 days

* Important: for benign tumors, your wait time may be longer.