Physical health in patients with head and neck cancer. Towards personalized physiotherapy.

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 2:30 pm
G.J. van Hinte MSc.
prof. dr. M.W.G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden, prof. dr. R.P. Takes, prof. dr. M.A.W. Merkx
dr. C. Speksnijder (UMCU)

Head and neck cancer patients can experience treatment-related morbidity in physical health. Limitations in physical health can be a consequence of the medical treatment that can consist of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  In accordance with this, the importance of maintaining good physical health before, during, and after medical treatment is being recognized more and more as an integrated part of improving outcome and Quality of Life in cancer care. An important role can be played by specialized physiotherapist that can prevent, identify and treat morbidity in physical health. However, with exponentially rising costs it is essential to provide personalized and cost-effective physiotherapy. It is therefore important to gain insight into patient, clinical, and intervention characteristics that increase the risk of developing treatment-related morbidity in physical health.

Gerben van Hinte (1980) studied physiotherapy (2003) and got his master degree in physiotherapy sciences at Utrecht university in 2012. In 2018 he started his PhD research project next to his work as a physiotherapist and lecturer. Next to this he currently works as a program manager for the division of brain and senses.