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About the NKI

The Netherlands Cancer Institute was established on October 10, 1913. The founders, Rotgans, professor of Surgery, De Bussy, publisher, and De Vries, professor of Pathology, wanted to create a cancer institute 'where patients suffering from malignant growths could be treated adequately and where cancer and related diseases could be studied'. They bought a house on one of the canals in Amsterdam and named it the 'Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Huis', after the famous Dutch microscopist. The clinic had room for 17 patients, while the laboratory could accommodate 8 to 10 scientists.

Nowadays, The Netherlands Cancer Institute accommodates approximately 650 scientists and scientific support personnel. The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital has 185 medical specialists, 180 beds, an out-patients clinic with around 106,000 visits, 12 operating theaters and 11 irradiotion units for radiotherapy. It is the only dedicated cancer center in The Netherlands and maintains an important role as a national and international center of scientific and clinical expertise, development and training.


  • 12Dec 2018

    Thesis defense Amy Dohmen

    On December 13th, Amy Dohmen will defend her PhD thesis about her quest for novel radiosensitizers for advanced head and neck cancer treatment.

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  • 11Dec 2018

    Thesis defense Tihana Ibrahimpašić

    This morning Tihana Ibrahimpašić defended her thesis. She studied the characterization of a rare form of cancer called poorly differentiated thyroid cancer. Congratulations Tihana!

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  • 04Dec 2018

    small proportion T-cells recognize the tumor

    To be able to fight your enemy, you must first know who that enemy is. The same applies to the immune system: to - for example - be able to switch off tumor cells, the T cells of our immune system must first recognize the tumor as a threat.

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  • 30Nov 2018

    HollandPTC, Amsterdam UMC and the Netherlands Cancer Institute join forces for cancer patients in Delft treatment center for proton therapy

    Today, with the first signatures, the collaboration between Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands Cancer Institute and HollandPTC was ratified. HollandPTC is the treatment center for proton therapy set up by Erasmus MC, LUMC and TU Delft, located on the campus of TU Delft. The collaboration was announced during the festive opening of HollandPTC in the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft.

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Board of Directors

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Internal procedures

The NKI has adopted several regulations and procedures which help us organize our research along national and international standards. The most important regulations and procedures can be found here.

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Technology Transfer Office

The NKI has a mission to beat cancer and performs world-beating research to increase our understanding of this disease. The knowledge that is gained in this way sometimes opens avenues for development of e.g. novel treatments or new diagnostic tests. To achieve its mission, NKI actively collaborates with private companies that have the knowledge and the means to develop products based on research results obtained at our institution.

Go to the site of the Technology Transfer Office

Scientific Annual Reports (SAR)



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PhD Students187


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Key Figures Research

Publications in 2016 805
Total impact of publications in 2014 3935
Avarage impact of publications 2014 6.8

Key Figures Research

Number of divisions 15
Number of Reseach groups 51
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