The Princess Máxima Center is easily accessible by public transport. We are also easily accessible by car. You will find all the information you need on this page.
If you need to be in both centers, you can use the bridge connection during office hours. Outside office hours, the bridge can only be accessed with an access pass. You will then be accompanied by an employee. The bridge is there to provide easy access to the operating rooms or to undergo other medical procedures at the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital from the Princess Máxima Center. And vice versa, of course.
Every year 600 children get cancer in the Netherlands. There are different types of cancer, and most forms of childhood cancer only occur between 5 and 25 times a year. Research and treatment are now being carried out by specialists in seven different university hospitals. The treatments are also becoming increasingly complex. This fragmented approach makes it more difficult to build up knowledge and experience and to train specialists. The concentration of care and research at one location prevents this fragmentation. It also offers financial benefits.
From June 1, 2018, all children in the Netherlands who are being treated for cancer will be treated at the Princess Máxima Center. Children who are under control after the treatment are also very welcome. Parents/children who only come to the hospital for check-ups can coordinate with their pediatric oncologist as to where the best place is for the check-up.
New medicines are usually developed for adults first. However, we want them to be available for children, too.
To be able to give medicines to children safely and in the right dose, they will have to be studied in children first.
Moreover, insurers will only reimburse medicines after they have been tested and can be prescribed safely. Because the medicines are developed by pharmaceutical companies, we need to cooperate with them.
Pharmaceutical companies develop new medicines to better cure diseases.
Under European legislation, pharmaceutical companies must also study new medicines in children (Pediatric Investigational Plan).
If they do, their patent will be extended and they make money for a longer period of time from prescribing the new medicine (to adults).
In this way they are reimbursed for the costs of researching the medicine in children.
In Europe, parents and children influence research into new medicines through parent representation in the Paediatric Committee (PDCO) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Parents also participate in the ITCC (Innovative Therapies for Children with Cancer) and the Accelerate-platform of ITCC and SIOP, the European pediatric oncology organization. They look at which medicine trials involving children seem the most promising and are therefore given priority. Parents and children can always decide not to take part in a trial. Participation is always voluntary. More information about scientific research in the Princess Máxima Center can be found here.
Parents and children always sign a consent form to confirm that they take part in the trial and that their data may be used.
Research into new medicines may also be started by doctors (investigator-initiated trials). But in that case, too, the medicine is provided by a pharmaceutical company and the investigators are required to share details on the efficacy and any adverse effects with the company.
Research into new medicines is very expensive, as it has to meet all kinds of laws and regulations. Hospitals and researchers usually cannot afford these costs.
The pharmaceutical company that collects all research data and submits these to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) owns the data. The data are coded. The pharmaceutical company does not know to which child the data belong.
The coded data are kept at the Máxima Center.There are only a few people at the Máxima Center who can access the data.
At the Princess Máxima Center, children, brothers and sisters and parents are offered various gifts, products or services throughout the year, such as toys, sweets or a gift. Our starting point is that receiving a gift should remain special. In addition, we want to give families the control they need in relation to the home situation.
Children receive presents on their birthday and at Saint Nicholas. One of the partners of the Princess Máxima Center, a large toy specialist, donates all gifts as well as play and distraction materials for the Center. Sometimes children also receive a gift because it supports the medical pedagogical process or because it is part of an activity or holiday. Such as bubble blowing and an ice cream.
If you would like to gift someone in the Princess Máxima Center or make a donation, please contact the Princess Máxima Center Foundation. A financial gift is preferred over donations in kind. You can reach the Foundation at: email@example.com. If you would like to start an action, please go to www.maximaalinactie.nl.
Children and parents regularly hand out treats to children on the ward, outpatient clinic or day care. By doing so they express their joy, thanks or support. At the Máxima Center we are cautious with treats. Because it can be uncomfortable for children who will not get better. Or uncomfortable for children who have to remain sober. We hope that children and parents understand this.