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 in 2022.

  • 9.2
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
  • 9.1
    Wishes when choosing treatment
  • 8.9
    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

  • 5059

    patients with prostate cancer
  • 1825

    new patients
  • 67

    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

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.

  • 19 days

    rapid diagnostics

    You can usually get rapid diagnostics within 19 days

  • 17 days

    Second opinion

    You can usually get a second opinion within 17 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:          <22 days

2. Surgical treatment:                 35-60 days

3. Treatment with medication       <21 days


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