Dr. B.G.L. (Ben) Vanneste

Radiation Oncologist - Clinical Research

After completing my training as a radiotherapist-oncologist at the NKI-AvL, I worked in the Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC) and the Gustave-Roussy Institute (IGR) in Paris. I made the switch to Maastro in Maastricht in 2013. I specialize in radiotherapy for gynecological and urological diseases. My expertise lies in particular with brachytherapy, a form of internal radiation that we often use as an alternative to surgery in patients with cervical cancer and patients with prostate cancer.

In addition to my clinical activities, I also do research, which resulted in my promotion in 2018:

“Reduction of rectal toxicity in prostate cancer radiation therapy by implantable rectum spacers”

This research was aimed at reducing rectal side effects in prostate cancer radiotherapy by implantable rectal spacers.

From my view, I try to contribute as well as possible to good care for patients with urological or gynecological forms of cancer. Radiotherapy is a rapidly evolving profession, in which new techniques are constantly being introduced. Using these techniques, I try to achieve the highest possible chance of a cure for each patient, while minimizing side effects. I think it is important that patients can come to me quickly and easily. I experience satisfaction when, together with the multidisciplinary team, I have been able to cure a patient with minimal side effects.

I am also involved in the training of radiotherapists in training. I am a member of various working groups, including the Dutch Association for Radiotherapy and Oncology (NVRO), the National Platform for Radiotherapy Urological Tumors (LPRU), the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

 

Treatment areas:

  • Gynecology
  • Pain treatment (palliation)
  • Urology
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