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Fundamental research for tomorrow’s patients

Cancer is still a massive problem. Nowadays it is the leading cause of death in The Netherlands and 1 out of 3 people is affected by it. Why haven’t we defeated cancer yet?

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We are making tremendous progress, but cancer keeps surprising us. For example, we understand more and more about the complexity of the different forms of cancer. Every cancer is unique. However, where one patient with colon cancer responds well to a treatment, another patient does not. Why? To find the answers to these kind of questions, we have to go back to the basics. That’s why we invest in fundamental research.

We do this fundamental research together. Over 800 researchers from 12 different institutes across The Netherlands collaborate intensively and exchange their knowledge and expertise. Oncode Institute translates the fundamental insights we obtain to new treatments as quickly as possible. Geert Kops, Scientific Director of Oncode, explains how in the video below:

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