Valuable UMBRELLA afternoon
26 October 2017
"It was at a difficult time in your life that you decided to join the UMBRELLA cohort and we are immensely grateful for that."
This is how lead researcher and professor Lenny Verkooijen of the Julius Center opened her presentation on the first UMBRELLA patient day.
The UMBRELLA study serves a two-fold objective: studying the results of the treatment of breast cancer patients and studying their quality of life during and after treatment. By filling in questionnaires and participating in sub-studies, 2,000 UMBRELLA patients contribute to improvement of treatment and follow-up care and to the quality of life of future breast cancer patients.
At the UMBRELLA patient day on October 25, both researchers and visitors and their partners had a chance to speak. Angela Maas, Ellen Kampman and Ragna Hummel presented their research results and entered into a dialogue with visitors about current studies into the diagnostics, treatment and follow-up care of breast cancer.
During a plenary meeting, UMBRELLA participants shared experiences and their own ideas for future research, filling up the suggestion box. For the UMBRELLA researchers, this contribution proved to be one of the key results of this day. The organization certainly believes this UMBRELLA session is worth repeating.