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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.


  • 06Jul 2020

    Thesis defense Ieva Kurilova – interventional oncology

    Few people know that a subset of patients with metastatic cancer can be treated with minimally invasive local therapies. PhD researcher Ieva Kurilova has analyzed the outcomes of patients treated with such interventional oncology procedures.

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  • 25Jun 2020

    PhD defense Bruno Vieira: Logistical optimization can shorten radiotherapy waiting times

    The Corona crisis has been a wake-up call to us all that optimizing the logistics of health care processes can make the difference between life and death. Luckily, radiotherapy treatments for cancer care is not on a crisis management, but optimizing logistics can still make a huge difference to patients. In his PhD thesis, Bruno Vieira, from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, shows how the logistics of radiotherapy treatments can be optimized in such a way that cancer patients benefit from shorter waiting times and more patient-friendly treatments. Good luck, Bruno!

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  • 24Jun 2020

    Wilbert Zwart and Andre Bergman about their collaboration

    More and more cooperations between lab researchers and physicians are starting to form at the NKI. Wilbert Zwart and André Bergman are one of these duos.

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  • 23Jun 2020

    Radiation-oncologist Rick Haas appointed professor at Leiden University

    Dr. Rick Haas has been appointed professor at Leiden University, effective June 1, 2020. His research chair title at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) is "Radiation therapy, specifically for bone and soft tissue tumours".

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Board of Directors

Overview boards and commissions


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)



Group Leaders51
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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