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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) in order to estimate personalized information about treatment options, 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).


  • 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

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Research Output 2016 2020

Assessing communicative aspects of patient 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., Mar 2019.

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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
Decision Support Techniques
Patient Preference

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

van Eenbergen, M., Vromans, R., Boll, D., Kil, P. J. M., Vos, M. C., Krahmer, E., Mols, F. & Van De Poll-franse, L., 2019, In : Cancer. p. 1-8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care

Communicating personalized cancer statistics: Challenges and opportunities

Vromans, R., van Eenbergen, M., Geleijnse, G., Pauws, S., Van De Poll-Franse, L. & Krahmer, E., 2019.

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Press / Media

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Ruben Vromans


1 Media contribution

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Prizes / Recognition

Best Poster Award

Ruben Vromans (Recipient), 20 Mar 2019