Review: Erasmus MC

In the afternoon of the 16th of November, a group of students was waiting outside Flux to leave for the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the biggest university hospital in the Netherlands and with a large focus on cancer research. Two vans had been arranged, and off we drove to Rotterdam. After about an hour and a half, and a detour through Rotterdam because of faulty navigation, we arrived at the Cancer Institute.

After a warm welcome we were led to a lecture hall, where several speakers introduced us to their research topics. Firstly we had a short introduction on what the Erasmus MC and the Cancer Institute is, and what types of research and treatment are being done there. Secondly, we had a lecture about Radio Therapy. This was introducing us to the way that patients are currently being irradiated at the Cancer Institute, and how treatments are planned.

After that we were shown a new treatment method, Proton Therapy. With this treatment patients are being irradiated not with photons, but with protons. As protons are quite massive for particles, the equipment needed is far bigger than for the standard treatment, and very expensive. The advantage of proton therapy is that the administered dose to the patient is mostly concentrated on the tumor, and as a result there is very little exposure to other organs or tissue.

The last lecture was about the Hyperthermia treatment. With a special rig that fits in an MRI, the researchers at the Cancer Institute can heat up a tumor locally, and with the MRI monitor the temperature. The heating happens with 12 dipole antennas, and uses electromagnetic waves to heat up the cells. The tumor is heated up to about 40 degrees Celsius, which makes it more sensitive to irradiation.
After the lectures were done, we were split up into two groups and went to see the treatment rooms. At the Radio Therapy Lab we were shown the Cyberknife, which the technician told us is basically a linear accelerator mounted to an industrial robot arm, like the ones used in car manufacturing. In the other Lab we were shown the setup for Hyperthermia treatment, which was currently being used for the treatment of cervical cancer.

After all this was done, there was still time to socialize with the researchers and have a few drinks, before we were off to Eindhoven again.

Roel Gudde

Erasmus MC Excursion

For this excursion we travel to the Erasmus Medical Center to learn about Hyperthermia and related medical applications.

Erasmus MC is the largest academic hospital in the Netherlands, and Erasmus MC Cancer Center is the largest cancer focused clinic. Several Thor members have found employment here and TU/e also has a long term cooperation on Hyperthermia research with Erasmus MC. Joined topics are for example improved electromagnetic simulations, better antenna designs, improved electric field detectors and MRI compatible applicators. We are invited at the Daniel den Hoed location for detailed explanations on Hyperthermia and radiotherapy, and cutting edge research topics in these domains. In addition, we will see the equipment and observe the importance of electrical and electromagnetic engineering in these highly technological medical disciplines. Afterwards, we will have some drinks with them to discuss medical technology and other (un)related topics…

This excursion is organized in collaboration with ODIN.

Baby ShowEir

Thor is expecting (a new master association). So lets throw a Baby ShowEir! Join us at this epic cocktail party.

€10 = 4 cocktails:
– Beschuit met muisjes
– Spuiten en Slikken
– Baby milk
– Ocean Eir