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Our Story

Every year, approximately 600 children in the Netherlands develop cancer and one in four children with cancer still dies as a result of this disease. That is why, more than ten years ago, parents and healthcare professionals took the initiative to set up a single national children's oncology center. This initiative culminated in the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology. The Center is unique in that it brings together all the strands of highly complex care and research for children with cancer.
All aspects of the highly complex care required for pediatric oncology as well as the research that goes into it are housed in the Princess Máxima Center. Its mission: to cure every child with cancer while maintaining their quality of life. Close cooperation between care and research will lead to more children with cancer being cured and with fewer adverse effects in later life. The Princess Máxima Center, as an independent organization, started to provide care to children with certain types of cancer in the fall of 2014, on its own wards located within the WKZ, the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital. In 2016, we started research under the banner of the Princess Máxima Center. The construction of our own Center, opposite the WKZ in Utrecht, also started in 2016. The first patients started using the new building on May 18, 2018.