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Prinses Máxima Centrum

Queen Máxima visits Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

On Tuesday 3 December, Queen Máxima paid an informal working visit to the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht. She spoke with children, parents and care professionals, visited the new Auditorium, but above all she was informed about the cooperation between research and care at the center.

To cure every child with cancer, with maximum quality of life. That is the Center's mission. To this end, all highly complex care and research for children with cancer has been concentrated in the Princess Máxima Center, because literally bringing research and care under one roof helps the center come up with new insights and better treatments more quickly. Queen Máxima was informed about how healthcare professionals and researchers work together.

Tumor Board
Queen Máxima attended a so-called Tumor Board meeting, which is one of the examples of cooperation. This consultation is attended not only by doctors but also by researchers, which is unique. This multidisciplinary consultation is held to discuss cancer patients and take decisions about, among other things, their treatments. Thanks to the participation of researchers and doctors, all the scientific knowledge and skills are now available at the same time, allowing treatments to be improved even further and faster.

During the working visit, Queen Máxima also visited the daycare center where she briefly saw children and parents. In the brand-new Auditorium of the Princess Máxima Center, Queen Máxima received an explanation of the training that the center provides to healthcare professionals in the Netherlands and abroad.

Queen Máxima is closely involved with the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. In 2015 she visited the care division, in 2017 the research division and in 2018 she inaugurated the Princess Máxima Center.

Photography by Patrick van Emst