Oncology

Oncology is the branch of science that deals with cancer. Several forms of cancer exist; all of them involve unregulated cell growth, forming malignant tumors that can invade other parts of the body. Cancer statistics report that over one in three women and one in two men will develop some form of cancer during their life. Prostate and breast cancer have the highest incidence in men and in women, respectively. Nowadays, one in four people dies of cancer, with lung cancer showing the highest mortality.  Timely diagnosis and intervention are crucial.

The BM/d Research Team seeks continuously for new technical options for timely cancer diagnosis, possibly enabling minimally invasive intervention through guided focal therapy. To this end, imaging and, in particular, functional imaging, are essential tools. Dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are the adopted imaging techniques. As cancer growth and aggressiveness often relate to angiogenesis, i.e., to the development of chaotic microvascular structures, advanced modeling of the complex hemodynamic characteristics of angiogenic microvasculature is used aimed at cancer localization and grading. Contrast agents that are targeted to angiogenic expressions are also studied, aiming to boost the accuracy of the developed diagnostic methods.

Oncology research is carried out with the Academic Medical Center University of Amsterdam, the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, and the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) in Milan. The initial focus is on prostate cancer localization, supported by the ERC Staring Grant and the STW VIDI Grant of dr. Mischi.

Take a look at the following videos from magazine/portal Quest, ICUS conference 2011 in Chicago, and the TU/e BIG Award 2011!

Something unusual is our song realized at the TEDxAmsterdam Workshop 2012. It seems funny but it is serious...