Research Themes Tumors of the digestive tract Epidemiology Study of variation to improve future care

According to a nationwide population-based data of PALGA and the Netherlands Cancer Registry, we have provided insight into the quality of care for patients with gastro-intestinal cancers. Importantly, a considerable variation exists in the chance of curative treatment based on the hospital in which a patient with esophageal or gastric cancer is diagnosed and this also significantly affected the survival. In a recently started project (funded by KWF, Young Investigator Grant) we will analyze the causes and effects of variation in the treatment of esophageal and gastric cancer, with the aim to reduce variation and improve survival and quality of life.