Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care

As a result of cancer or its treatment, you may face wounds or bedsores that require special care. You may (temporarily) have trouble with urination or stools as a result of surgery or radiation treatment. Some surgeries require temporary or permanent ostomies. Our team of specialized wound, ostomy, and continence nurses is here to support you and your loved ones as much as possible. We offer information, advice, and guidance. 

Contact

You can find us at clinic 2. Consultations every day between 9.00 and 16:00.
Phone consultations every weekday between 8:15 and 9:15 at +31 (0)20 512 9111.

For urgent matters outside of the regular phone consultation hours - during and outside of office hours - please contact us at +31 (0)20 512 9111 and ask for the head of WAN (weekends, evenings, and nights).

Our team

Wounds

After surgery or radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment, you may have wounds on your body. A decline in your health may lead to bedsores. A wound nurse will come up with a treatment plan together with you and your specialist. This can be during or after your treatment when you are home. We will schedule appointments with you at the clinic, if necessary in combination with a consultation with your practicing physician. The nurses can offer advice and information about the various wound materials. Your nurse can check your wounds or tap fluids from the groin or armpits. 

Ostomy

You may need a temporary or permanent ostomy after your surgery. Before your procedure, one of our ostomy nurses will give you more information during a consultation. He or she will tell you more about the surgical procedure and the placement of the ostomy. Your nurse will tell you what this ostomy will mean for you and your day-to-day life, will familiarize you with the materials, and discuss potential complications. If you are coming in for bladder removal surgery, you will receive information about your bladder replacement options.

Continence

As a result of your surgery or radiation treatment, you may have (temporary) trouble holding your urine or stools. A continence nurse can give you advice or information about incontinence products Your specialist can refer you to these nurses if you need to learn to (temporarily) place your catheter yourself, or dilate the urethra.

Aftercare

During your stay at the hospital, our wound, ostomy, and continence nurses will guide and support you. You can ask for our Guidance and Support Service (Dienst Begeleiding en Ondersteuning). Our wound, ostomy, and continence nurses will arrange your care together with specialists and colleagues. If you are at home, they will collaborate with your district nurses and general practitioner. The Netherlands Cancer Institute will arrange the transfer.