A multidisciplinary team discusses weekly what treatment is the most suitable for you during the Multidisciplinary Oncology Consultation (MOC). The advantages and disadvantages of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy are considered for your specific situation. You will receive all the necessary information and you can also count on psychosocial support. If required, we will arrange for rehabilitation. Working as a team promotes the exchange of information between all care providers and this optimal collaboration helps increase your chances of recovery.


The correct diagnosis is determined by clinicians who are specialised in the detection of breast cancer or other breast abnormalities. After the diagnosis, the breast surgeon and, if required, the plastic surgeon will look after you with the utmost care.

Medical head of department: Dr Ximena Elzo Kraemer

Admitted physicians

The 'admitted physician-specialist' is not a permanent staff member at Maria Middelares General Hospital, but works on the basis of his or her expertise with the hospital to carry out specific treatments and procedures.

Oncology coaches

Throughout this difficult period, an oncology coach (an expert breast nurse) will support you in word and in deed. You yourself, your family or relatives can always call on this counsellor with your questions. They offer professional, continuing, active and specialised support, which is customised to meet to your situation.

Oncology specialists

A cancer diagnosis throws some patients into a crisis situation. Dealing with this is quite a task for the patient and also for his or her relational and familial environment. The oncology psychologist estimates the risks of a complicated coping process and can strategies to deal with it (psycho-education) and offer support through talking therapy. Partner and family can also call on our oncology psychologists.


The dietitian plays an important role in the Oncology Support Team to maintain the patient’s general health and nutritional status at an acceptable level. The dietitian plays a supportive role in the treatment in this way. Nutrition does not constitute therapy for cancer and does not have any impact on the shrinking of the tumour, the side effects of the treatment or recurrent, new metastases.

Social Services

The hospital's Social Services are at the disposal of oncology and palliative patients. Patients use the services at their own initiative or on referral by their GP and/or nurse.

Pastoral Care Service

Support from a perspective of finding some meaning is therefore important in order to gain strength, go through the oncology treatment and put some life matters in order during this treatment process. In this context, the hospital pastor initially aims to build a relationship of trust and optimise his spiritual support.

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