In 2019 Annemieke visited biologist and researcher Wilbert Zwart, also for NPO Radio 2. Wilbert got on the bus to tell more about the cancer research they do. Biologist and researcher Wilbert Zwart is conducting research into breast and prostate cancer at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital. For him, cancer research has become a mission. Every day they look at cells in the laboratory to better understand cancer. The KWF is extremely important in this regard.
‘We need a bigger tree’
At the lab they have a bonsai tree with all kinds of corks. Every time Wilbert and his team succeed in their investigation, they open a bottle and hang the cork in the tree. One of the successes from the research field in general: to map DNA completely and on that basis you can determine the medicines. Immunotherapy: activates the immune system. This is now included in the basic package. This was achieved thanks to research funding from the KWF.
And although the researchers now need a new tree, according to Wilbert there is still a lot to do: “We want a world where nobody dies of cancer anymore. That’s a team effort. This is a marathon that we have to do at sprint speed.”