Center for Quality of Life

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Center for Quality of Life

Why supportive care and treatment?

Cancer can have an enormous impact on your life. The illness and its treatment can cause physical problems as well as mental or social issues. Finding the right care at the right time can make a tremendous difference The Netherlands Cancer Institute views supportive care as an important part of oncological care during and after treatment. Supportive care is all treatment that is not aimed to treat your cancer but instead aims to relieve symptoms and problems and to improve the quality of life of patients and their loved ones.

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We are the Survivorship Center

The Survivorship Center aims to alleviate any issues or symptoms that you may experience during and after your illness. For an overview of our services, see below.
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Look Good Feel Better

When you have cancer, you may notice your look change. During our workshop Look Good Feel Better, you will receive simple tips and recommendations to diminish the symptoms or cover them up, during or after your treatment. This workshop is open to men and women.

How to sign up
Our workshop is available for free and is held every second Monday of the month between 10:00 and 12:00 at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Please call our Survivorship Center secretariat at +31 (0)20 512 9111 to set up an appointment, or email

Due to COVID-19, this workshop is temporarily on hold at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Look Good Feel Better does offer online workshops for free. 


Impressions of the workshop

Together with an experienced beautician and hair worker, you will be working with care products specially selected for this workshop. Watch the video for an impression of the workshop.

Scientific research

Scientific research has a prominent role at the Survivorship Center. Quality care starts with understanding the effects cancer and its treatment can have on the quality of life, and finding meaningful interventions.

Why do some patients have problems while others don't? And how can we best guide and support our patients and their loved ones? We run trials to find out when specific problems surface and whether our treatment and interventions are effective. This will help us deliver the best personalized care possible to our patients and their loved ones.

Running trials at the Survivorship Center

  • MOVE-Fit study (M17MOV): multicenter trial looking into the attainability of movement intervention during chemotherapy for head and neck cancer. 
  • P16HNR: multicenter trial looking into the quality of follow-up care for patients with head and neck cancer  (a prospective observational multicenter study).
  • PABLO study: multicenter trial looking into the efficacy of movement stimulation through the internet, with or without additional physical therapy coaching.
  • HEART study: multicenter trial looking into the possible effects of training during chemotherapy for breast cancer on the heart.
  • CPIB study (M17CPI): multicenter trial looking into the usefulness of the communication participation questionnaire. 
  • CALM study: study looking into the attainability of offering conversations for patients with metastatic cancer according to a new method from Canada: Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM). CALM has a positive effect on the quality of life of patients and can help prevent depression. The study investigates whether this therapy works just as well in the Netherlands as it does in Canada.

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