Clinical Research provides opportunities for Maastro to improve care and treatment for cancer patients in order to maximise the effect of the treatment while minimising physical and mental side effects. This is accomplished partly by participating in studies set up by other hospitals that requires implementation of state of the art radiotherapy.
Maastro initiates clinical research, by itself or in cooperation with partners, to develop new innovations in treatment. A key aspect of these studies is the implementation of innovations in clinical practice. In accordance with the Maastro strategy, the topic of future clinical research lies preferably in the field of proton-therapy, immunotherapy and shared decision making.
Maastro supports clinical trials with the Maastro Clinical Trial Office (Maastro CTO). Maastro CTO provides support for all clinical research within the organisation and supports all stages of clinical research – from protocol development and submission for ethics approval to analysing the data and writing a manuscript. An important part of Maastro CTO is the Trial Outpatient Clinic: hands on support to patients and researchers through the whole process of participation in a clinical study.