What diseases do we treat?
In the Solid Tumors department, we treat children with:
The Solid Tumors department is located on the second floor and consists of an outpatient clinic, day treatment and a clinic. A total of 15 rooms are available for children. The department has operating rooms, an irradiation department and nuclear treatment rooms. For a number of components of the treatment, we work closely with The Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (WKZ)/UMCU (surgeries), University Medical Center Utrecht (radiotherapy and nuclear therapy), UMC Groningen (proton therapy), and form integrated teams.
Consultations and short-term examinations take place at the outpatient clinic. When you arrive at the outpatient clinic, your child will be measured and weighed. We'll also measure blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. We take blood at the blood lab if this is necessary. You will also have a consultation with the medical specialist or the nursing specialist. Based on the results and symptoms, you will go to the day treatment for chemotherapy or the OR for an operation after the consultation. If no treatment is given, you can return home. You know in advance what the purpose of the appointment is at the outpatient clinic. This way you can prepare your child well.
Your child comes for day treatment for the parts of the treatment that can take place in a day. Your child does not have to stay overnight in the hospital. If there are several day treatment days in succession, you have the option of staying in a room at the Ronald McDonald house. The day treatment is a large room with special day treatment chairs and beds so that your child can rest during or after the treatment. There are also single rooms for children who need to be isolated.
Short-term chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other medications are administered during day treatment. Your child also comes here for examinations under sedation such as MRI scans, CT scans and PET scans. Minor operations, such as placing a central line (for medication administration and blood collection) and performing bone marrow punctures, lumbar punctures and bone biopsies are performed in special rooms during day treatment.
At the start of the treatment and for certain parts of the treatment (e.g. intensive chemotherapy) it will be necessary for your child to stay in the clinic. Your child will then stay with you in a parent-child room. By means of a sliding door in the room, you can create your own space for a little privacy. You can stay here overnight and there is a shower facility. All rooms have a balcony. We strive to keep the duration of the admission as short as possible for your child.
The development of your child is our priority
At the Princess Máxima Center, we want to promote the normal development of your child as much as possible. We do this by keeping the stress on your child and yourself as low as possible, coordinating everything with you and communicating as well as possible. Our center was designed and decorated with this so-called development-oriented care as a starting point. In addition to the parent-child rooms, there are various facilities such as a teen lounge, a discovery corner, a theater, educational facilities and various gardens. On this page, you'll find an overview of all the facilities at our center.
Read here about how we stimulate your child's development.
The Princess Máxima Center works closely with regional Shared Care centers. The pediatric oncologists at the Princess Máxima Center make the diagnosis and the treatment plan and provide the complex care in our clinic. You can go to a hospital near your home for less complex care with your child. You will find all the information you need on this page.