Prostate cancer

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

Henk van der Poel in gesprek (1) (prostaatkanker)
We want to best consolidate the treatment expectations and possibilities, especially because there are so many options.
Dr. Henk van der Poel Urologist

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.


Satisfaction rates for patients with prostate cancer at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

Patients with prostate cancer give the Netherlands Cancer Institute the following ratings

  • 9.0
  • 8.3
    Personal attention
  • 8.3
  • 8.7
    Confidence/ trust
  • 8.3
    Shared decision making
De heer Honing video prostaatkanker
“I really feel like I am in good hands here. The way the care providers treat me and communicate with me is near perfect."
De heer Honing 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

  • 4569

    patients with prostate cancer
  • 1475

    new patients
  • 79

    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)

  • 293

    prostatectomy (laparoscopic) with robot
  • 64

    lymph node dissection

Radiation treatments (most common)

  • 600

    radiotherapy prostate
  • 122

    brachytherapy prostate

Drug treatments (most common)

  • 248

    hormone therapy
  • 81


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. 

Floris Pos in gesprek (peniskanker)
Because we offer all treatments and facilities and always innovate, we can find the best treatment type for every patient with prostate cancer.
Dr. Floris Pos Radiation oncologist

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.

  • 16 days

    rapid diagnostics

    You can usually get rapid diagnostics within 16 days

  • 15 days

    Second opinion

    You can usually get a second opinion within 15 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 the treatment

Wait times until the start of the treatment

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

1. Radiotherapy treatment:          <22 days

2. Surgical treatment:                 <15 days

3. Treatment with medication       <21 days