Commission Oncology


The Oncology Commission ('Commissie Oncologie') is associated with the Cancer Centre ('Kankercentrum') (read more about the Cancer Centre)


Representatives of the eleven Ghent University Hospital tumor working groups are always member of the Oncology Commission ('Commissie Oncologie'). Apart from this – and according to the Royal Decree of March 21, 2003 – the professions listed below should be minimally represented, unless the working group representatives already satisfy these needs.

  • At least one representative of every internal medicine and surgical discipline involved in the oncological treatment of tumors (surgery and medical oncology) and at least three of the following specialties: gastroenterology, lung diseases, hematology, gynecology/obstetrics, pediatric hemato-oncology and urology
  • At least one representative of every diagnostic discipline: anatomical pathology, clinical biology, x-ray diagnostics and medical genetics
  • At least one radiation oncologist
  • At least one medical specialist in nuclear medicine
  • One representative of general practitioners
  • At least one representative of oncological nurses
  • Ghent University Hospital’s chief physician
  • A hospital pharmacist
  • The medical coordinators and the heads of the nursing staff in the oncological day hospitals
  • A representative of every Ghent University Hospital sector with expertise in oncological care. This representative is recommended by the sector board. If the sector already has a representative amongst the representatives above, this person is the preferred representative for his or her sector.
  • A social worker with experience in oncological patient care. The social worker is recommended by Ghent University Hospital’s social service.
  •  A psychologist with experience in psycho-oncological care. He or she is recommended by the board of psychologists.
  • A nursing management representative
  • The head of the nursing staff of the Cancer Centre



The Oncology Commission has the following tasks:

  • Evaluating the multidisciplinary guidelines for the treatment of oncological patients
  • Organizing and guaranteeing the collaboration between Ghent University Hospital and the regional (basic) cancer care programs, home care services, primary care and palliative care organizations. In this way oncological patients can be followed from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment.
  • Organizing and guaranteeing multidisciplinary oncological consultations (MOCs) and adequate reporting, in addition to MOC’s budget control.
  • Monitoring and organizing quality promoting initiatives
  • Creating and updating a multidisciplinary oncological manual based on the most recent scientific findings. The manual includes all guidelines on the treatment of oncological patients.
  • Organizing and following up on the (basic) cancer care programs with which Ghent University Hospital has a collaboration.
  • Establishing and following up on one tumor working group per body organ, in which scientific and organizational topics as well as individual cases can be discussed. The group consists of all Ghent University Hospital clinicians that are directly and indirectly involved in the treatment of the specific disease. The working group gives advice about treatment protocols.
  • Referring patients with rare tumors that require complex treatments to specific care programs mentioned in the manual.
  • Guaranteeing that the center can rely on the most recent knowledge in the fields of medical genetics and molecular biology.
  • Organizing nursing and psychosocial support.
  • Supporting cancer registration and following up whether the multidisciplinary guidelines from the manual are implemented.
  •  Recommending the coordinator of the Cancer Center.
  • Appointing the executive committee.


  • Secretary Cancer Centre ('Kankercentrum') (contact: Lies Buysse), Corneel Heymanslaan 10 – 9000 Gent
  • 09/332 55 25