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What is the College of Oncology?

The College of Oncology has been established in the Royal Decree on the Oncological Care Programme enacted in 2004. The composition is of a multidisciplinary nature and is a reflection of the multidisciplinarity of daily oncological care. The mission is the evaluation of oncological activities and to monitor the quality of oncological care. To date, various initiatives have been taken to this end within the relevant working groups. One of the most important working groups is the working group ‘Oncology Manual and Guidelines for Clinical Practice’.

What are the main tasks of the College of Oncology?

Development of national guidelines

Every year, an initiative is taken to compile new guidelines or to revise existing guidelines. The aim is to create guidelines tailored to the Belgian context. To this end, use is made of existing clinical-scientific evidence, international guidelines and the broad expertise from oncological practice within specific multidisciplinary working groups. In the past, the KCE has provided scientific support for collection and organisation of the evidence.

Advisory board

The College of Oncology is also an advisory body to the Minister for Health and has taken various initiatives or contributed to various initiatives aimed at further improving the quality of oncological care:
  • A survey on the implementation of legislation for care programmes
  • The registration of rare oncological conditions such as choriocarcinoma and seminoma
  • The development of quality indicators
  • PROCARE registration
  • Participation in the implementation of NGS
  • The organisation of a round table on networking in complex cancer care
  • Drafting of advisory texts for the Minister.

Board members of the College of Oncology

Dr. Vasiliki Siozopoulou

Chairman of the College of Oncology
Radiation oncologist
Representative of the Belgian Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (BeSTRO)

Dr. Kristof Cokelaere

Pathologist
Representative of the Belgian Society of Pathology (BSP)

Prof. Dr. Lieve Brochez

Dermatologist
Representative of the Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dermatologie en Venerologie (KBVDV)

Prof. Dr. Ann Janssens

Hematologist
Representative of the Belgian Hematology Society (BHS)

Prof. Dr. Marc Andre

Hematologist
Representative of the Belgian Hematology Society (BHS)

Prof. Dr. Sylvie Rottey

Medical Oncologist
Representative of the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO)

Dr. Joëlle Collignon

Medical Oncologist
Representative of the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO)

Prof. Dr. Hans Prenen

Medical Oncologist
Representative of the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO)

Prof. Dr. Jan Van Meerbeeck

Pulmonologist
Representative of the Belgian Respiratory Society (BeRS)

Prof. Dr. Karel Decaestecker

Urologist
Representative of the Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie (BVU)

Prof. Dr. Ivan Borbath

Gastroenterologist
Representative of the Belgian Group of Digestive Oncology (BGDO)

Prof. Dr. Johannes Van Loon

Neurosurgeon
Representative of the Belgian Society of Neurosurgery (BSN)

Dr. Vasiliki Siozopoulou

Pathologist
Representative of the Belgian Society of Pathology (BSP)

Prof. Dr. Yolande Lievens

Radiation oncologist
Representative of the College of Radiotherapy

Dr. Mathieu Luyckx

Gynecologist
Representative of the Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Gynaecology & Verloskunde (RBSOG)

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Liberale

Surgeon
Representative of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery (RBSS)

Prof. Dr. Marian Vanhoeij

Surgeon
Representative of the Royal Belgian Society for Surgery (RBSS)

Partners of the College of Oncology