The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the construction of its proton therapy center awarded to Volker Wessels company Visser & Smit Bouw from Papendrecht. This construction company came out on top in European tender and is an experienced party in executing complex projects.
The method of Visser & Smit Bouw fits well with the vision that the UMCG is the development and construction process. The UMCG expects to start construction in the spring of 2015 that the first patients to be treated. 2017 The proton center will be located at the UMCG terrain and is part of the UMC Groningen Cancer Center, where oncology patients in one place all the available treatments are offered, both to children and to adults. The number of patients to be treated with proton therapy at the UMCG will gradually increase to 600 per year. The Minister has opted for a controlled introduction of proton therapy in the Netherlands with a maximum treatment capacity of 2,200 patients per year and up to four permits for healthcare providers.
The introduction of proton therapy in the Netherlands is partly based on the "model-based" strategy developed in the UMCG. This can be calculated for any patient, proton therapy offers advantages over conventional radiotherapy.