Oncology experts drive the GIRO initiative to advocate for equitable access to radiotherapy as an essential part of multidisciplinary cancer care
Yolande Lievens is the chair of the Radiation Oncology department of the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium and Professor in Radiation Oncology at the Ghent University. She graduated in Medicine at the Leuven University in 1991, and specialised in Radiation Oncology. In 2002 she completed her PhD program, focusing her research on Cost and Economic evaluation of Radiotherapy.
Yolande is the President of ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology) and the co-chair of the HERO project (Health Economics in Radiation Oncology), whose overall aim is to develop a knowledge base and a model for health economic evaluation of radiation treatments at the European level. She collaborates with international organisations such as the IAEA, CCORE and UICC, she was a member of the Global Task Force in Radiotherapy on Cancer Control (GTFRCC) and co-author on the Lancet Oncology Commission. And at national level, she collaborates with the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre and the Belgian Cancer Registry.