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".
Rick Haas will investigate new treatments that could cause less
short and long term side effects while maintaining efficacy
such as radiation therapy schedules with different.
fractionation sizes or total dosages, or combinations of
radiotherapy with both new and existing drugs.
Due to the imposed treatment toxicities, the patients'
quality of life and patient reported outcomes will play an
important role in his research.
Another interesting aspect of his research chair is a
collaboration with the Holland Proton Therapy Centre (HPTC). Here,
the value of proton beam therapy with concomitant
hyperthermia in sacral chordomas will be studied.
Rick is looking forward to further collaboration with the LUMC
sarcoma tumour work group. "The bridge we have built between
Amsterdam and Leiden will result in enhancing our knowledge
about the effects of radiation therapy on sarcomas in order to
further improve our patients' well-being."