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NKI Lung Cancer Center and Thoracic Oncology 

Our specialists at the NKI Lung Cancer Center excel at thoracic oncology: lung cancer and all other tumors in the respiratory system in the chest, such as the pleura and the thymus. This includes mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) and Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) of the lungs. The Netherlands Cancer Institute is a certified expert center for mesothelioma and Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) of the lungs.

Our core values are personal attention and warm, professional commitment. One thing that makes us truly unique, is that we offer research and care in one location. This allows us to diagnose and treat you according to the latest scientific discoveries and helps us offer more than regular hospitals.

Do you have lung or thoracic cancer? Or do you suspect that you might? Know that you are in good hands at our institute. We understand that you and your loved ones are facing a difficult time in your lives, and you are not alone.

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Why the NKI Lung Cancer Center and Thoracic Oncology

You will receive excellent medical care here

  • Plenty of time and attention for you and your loved ones.
  • Research and care in one location: you can be sure that you will be treated according to the latest developments.
  • Large focus on supportive care, including physical therapy, mental health care, dietetics, and rehabilitation.
  • Expert center for mesotheliomas and Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET) in the lungs.
  • 3269

    patients with lung cancer
  • 1216

    new patients
  • 227

    second opinions

More information about appointments and second opinions / transfers

Treatment team

Our specialists excel at lung cancer treatment and thoracic oncology. They come together for a multidisciplinary team meeting during which they will review your test results and medical history in order to find the best treatment plan for you. Your physician will discuss this plan with you. At the Netherlands Cancer Institute, you are an equal partner on our team, and we will find your preferred treatment option together. 



Other than its clinical work, the Netherlands Cancer Institute is a distinguished cancer research institute. 700 enthusiastic researchers work hard every day to gain a better understanding of the development and treatment of cancer. 

Many of our trials concern lung cancer. If you are receiving treatment at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, you may be invited to enroll in a clinical trial. Better insight into the characteristics of tumors can help us improve our treatment. All knowledge we gather from genetic tests and other lab analyses of individual tumors can further support our understanding of the condition. We may offer you treatment as part of a clinical trial testing the effects of promising drugs or treatments.

Please discuss your participation with your physician, so you know what the possibilities are for you, and what potential consequences you can expect.


Some of our trials can be viewed on TrialApp.

Trialapp in Google Playstore

Trialapp in Apple App Store

All information in the TrialApp is available in English.

Some trials are available on our website.


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

Patients with lung cancer give the Netherlands Cancer Institute the following ratings.

  • 9.1
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
  • 8.8
    Wishes when choosing treatment
  • 8.7
    Shared decision making