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Research interests

Treatment decision making in cancer care requires that both patient and clinician are well-informed about the clinical case and personal situation at hand. To support this process, patients can make use of decision aids, but, unfortunately, such tools tend to be generic and lack personalized explanations about treatment options and associated statistics (e.g., life expectancy, or risks of side effects). Moreover, such cancer statistics are difficult to understand for patients and are not always communicated in a patient-friendly way. 

In this PhD project, we are trying to tackle these issues by (1) analyzing the data of millions of Dutch cancer patients (from the Netherlands Cancer Registry and patient reported outcome data) in order to estimate personalized information about treatment outcomes, and (2) investigating how to communicate such personalized treatment information to cancer patients with the aim of facilitating shared decision-making between patient and clinician. 

The project is a collaboration between the Department of Communication and Cognition (TSHD) and The Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL), and funded by the TiU IMPACT Program.


  • MA+MPhil in Linguistics and Communication Sciences (2015-2017, cum laude)
  • BSc in Communication and Information Sciences (2012-2015, with distinction)


  • Research Skills: Online Data Collection (MSc. course)
  • Statistics (Pre-MSc. course)
  • Statistics (BSc. course)

Current courses

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  • Health Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Decision aids
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Cancer Data
  • Personalized explanations
  • Tailoring
  • Personalization

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Research Output

Communicative aspects of decision aids for localized prostate cancer treatment - A systematic review

Vromans, R., van Eenbergen, M., Pauws, S., Geleijnse, G., van der Poel, H., van de Poll-Franse, L. V. & Krahmer, E., Jul 2019, In : Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 37, 7, p. 409-429 21 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    49 Downloads (Pure)

    Assessing the quality and communicative aspects of patient decision aids for early-stage breast cancer treatment: a systematic review

    Vromans, R., Tenfelde, K., Pauws, S., van Eenbergen, M., Mares-Engelberts, I., Velikova, G., van de Poll-Franse, L. V. & Krahmer, E., 2019, In : Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 178, 1, p. 1-15

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 61 Downloads (Pure)

    Data-driven shared decision-making on cancer treatment

    Vromans, R., Hommes, S., Clouth, F., Pauws, S., Vermunt, J., Geleijnse, G., van Eenbergen, M., Verbeek, X., van de Poll-Franse, L. V. & Krahmer, E., 2019.

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    Changes in internet use and wishes of cancer survivors: A comparison between 2005 and 2017

    van Eenbergen, M. C. H. J., Vromans, R. D., Boll, D., Kil, P. J. M., Vos, C. M., Krahmer, E. J., Mols, F. & van de Poll-Franse, L. V., 2020, In : Cancer. 126, 2, p. 408-415

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 6 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

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    Ruben Vromans


    1 Media contribution

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    Prizes / Recognition

    Best Poster Award

    Vromans, Ruben (Recipient), 20 Mar 2019