Clinical Research Centre

Clinical Research Centre

For medical oncology the study coordinators are Lieselot Croes, Stefanie Dias, Mieke Van Den Berghe, Annelies Verkest, Flore Ryckebusch, Flore Herman and Melissa Sucaet. Danielle Delombaerde works closely with the study team as a scientific researcher.

Lieselot Croes graduated from the University of Antwerp with a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Sciences in 2012. She then completed her doctorate research in Medical Sciences (Oncology/Epigenetics). For her thesis titled ‘GSDME, from Tumour Suppressor Gene to Biomarker‘, she received the highest academic degree (PhD) in 2019 from the Antwerp Doctoral School (University of Antwerp). In addition, since May 2020, she has given scientific guidance for the clinical study department for medical oncology. Since January 2020, she has worked at the Maria Middelares General Hospital as a doctor specialist assistant, where she supports Dr Vulsteke provides support during consultations and scientific research.

Stefanie Dias graduated in 2008 with a Professional Bachelor's degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Ghent. She then received her Master's Degree in Health care Management and Policy in 2010 from the University of Ghent. She worked for six years as a midwife at Maria Middelares General Hospital and, in 2017, transferred to the Clinical Study Department for Medical Oncology. Since May 2020, she has lead the team in operations as a study coordinator.

Mieke Van Den Berghe graduated from the University of Antwerp in 2002 with her Master's Degree in Biomedical Sciences. She subsequently obtained another degree in Biology. She carried out clinical research for large pharmaceutical companies for twelve years. In November of 2016, she started working at Maria Middelares General Hospital as a study coordinator for the development of cancer medication.

Annelies Verkest graduated in 2008 with her professional Bachelor's Degree in Midwifery from the Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Ghent. In 2016, she received her Master's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Ghent. She worked for eleven years as a midwife at Maria Middelares General Hospital and, in August 2019, transferred to the Clinical Study Department for Medical Oncology.

Flore Ryckebusch graduated in 2012 with a professional Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the Catholic University College in Kortrijk. In 2016, she received her Master's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Ghent. She worked for five years as a theatre nurse at Maria Middelares General Hospital and, in September 2020, transferred to the Clinical Study Department for Medical Oncology.

Flore Herman graduated in 2014 with a Professional Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Ghent. In 2016, she received her Master's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Ghent. She worked as a nurse at the Oncology/Haematology Department of the St Lucas General Hospital in Ghent and at the Gastro-oncology Department of Ghent University Hospital. She joined the Medical Oncology Study Team in February 2021. She currently combines this with a job at Ghent University Hospital as an oncology researcher.

Melissa Sucaet

Danielle Delombaerde graduated in 2019 from the University of Ghent with a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Care. She then worked as a deputy pharmacist in two pharmacies. Since 2020, she has worked at Maria Middelares General Hospital as a scientific researcher, completing a PhD in the prediction of immunotherapy-related toxicities under the supervision of Prof. Dr Vulsteke and Dr Croes.

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The Medical Oncology Study Team is managed by:

Mastology Studies

Mastology Studies

Adjuvant HER2 negative

  • EORTC 1745: A Phase II Study of Adjuvant PALbociclib as an Alternative to Chemotherapy in Elderly Patients with High-Risk ER+/HER2 - Early Breast Cancer (APPALACHES).
  • MK3475-756: Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) Versus Placebo in Combination with Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy & Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in the Treatment of Early-Stage Estrogen Receptor-Positive, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2-Negative (ER+/HER2-) Breast Cancer (MK-3475-756/KEYNOTE-756).

Metastasised HER2-positive

Urology Studies

Urology Studies

Prostate tumours

  • TALAPRO-3: Study of Talazoparib With Enzalutamide in Men With DDR Gene Mutated mCSPC (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04821622?cond=TALAPRO-3&draw=2&rank=1)
  • CAPItello-281: A phase III double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study assessing the efficacy and safety of capivasertib + abiraterone versus placebo + abiraterone as treatment for patients with de novo metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) characterised by PTEN deficiency.

Bladder tumours

  • BMS: CA017-078: A Study of Chemo-only versus Chemo-plus Nivmo with or without BMS-986205, Followed by Post-surgery Therapy with Nivo or Nivo and BMS-986205 in Patients with MIBC.
  • MK 3475-866: Perioperative Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) Plus Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy versus Perioperative Placebo Plus Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Cisplatin-eligible Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer (MIBC) (MK-3475-8666/KEYNOTE-866) (KEYNOTE-866).
  • MK 3475-905: Perioperative Pembrolizumab (M-3475) Plus Cystectomy versus Cystectomy Alone in Cisplatin-ineligible Participants with Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer (MK-3475-905/KEYNOTE-905).
  • KEYNOTE 676: Efficacy and Safety of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) in High-risk Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (HR NMIBC) (MK-3475-676/KEYNOTE-676).
  • THOR: BLC3001:A Study of Erdafitinib Compared with Vinflunine or Docetaxel or Pembrolizumab in Participants with Advanced Urothelial Cancer and Selected Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor (FGFR) Gene Aberrations.
  • THOR- 2: BLC2003: A randomised phase-2 study of erdafitinib versus investigator choice of intravesical chemotherapy in subjects who received bacillus calmette-guérin (BCG) and recurred with high risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and FGFR mutations or fusions.(https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04172675)
  • SGN22E-003/ EV-302: An open-label, randomised, controlled phase-3 study of enfortumab vedotin in combination with pembrolizumab versus chemotherapy alone in previously untreated locally advanced of metastaic urothelial cancer.(https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04223856)
  • IMMU-132-13: Study of Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy (IMMU-132) Versus Treatment of Physician's Choice in Participants With Metastatic or Locally Advanced Unresectable Urothelial Cancer (TROPiCS-04) (https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04527991)

Gynaecology Studies

Gynaecology Studies

Ovarium

Endometrium

  • MK-3475-B21: Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination With Adjuvant Chemotherapy With or Without Radiotherapy in Participants With Newly Diagnosed Endometrial Cancer After Surgery With Curative Intent (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04634877)

Melanoma Studies

Melanoma Studies

Other Studies

Other Studies