I have been working at the Netherlands Cancer Institute since 2007. I started out as an anesthesiologist and then joined the pain treatment department in 2013. I completed my specialization in pain treatment in 2014.
We are getting better at treating cancer. More patients survive the illness, but may experience chronic pain as a result of their treatment. Besides medication and invasive pain treatment ("permanent blocks"), self-care is an important guideline in possibilities in the treatment of chronic pain. Scientific research supports the idea that self-care leads to improvements in chronic pain and quality of life. I am very interested in this type of pain treatment to further personalize pain treatment.