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Bram Kuiper
Bram Kuiper, PhD Founder / CEO / Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Bram Kuiper is a clinical psychologist, scientific entrepreneur and CEO of Tired of Cancer. Up until July 2017, Bram was the CEO of the Helen Dowling Institute for psycho-oncology and research. With over thirty years of experience in the field of psycho-oncology and in co-writing treatment protocols, he has now devoted his career to seeing the Tired of Cancer app help as many people as possible who suffer from cancer-related fatigue.

Door Vonk, MA.
Door Vonk, MA. Founder / CCO
Door Vonk is a social entrepreneur and founding partner of Tired of Cancer, where she holds the position of CCO. While Door started her career at a bank, she has accumulated over twenty years of experience in fundraising, financial and communication management of social enterprises. She left her own advisory company after nine years to dedicate her full attention and skills to Tired of Cancer.

Inge Bevers
Inge Bevers is our marketing manager. She studied Psychology, with a focus on media, cognition and (online) ergonomics. For the past ten years, she has been working in market research and online marketing. At Tired of Cancer, she can put her marketing and psychology skills to use to promote our app across the globe.

Amy Rich Rosenblum
Amy is our Marketing Director responsible for the U.S. market. She has spent over 10 years in the U.S. healthcare industry with a background in marketing strategy, development, and execution of healthcare initiatives. She is responsible for our launch planning, marketing partnerships and communications to generate adoption of the Untire app.

Atse Aukes
Atse Aukes is our all-round project manager. He is responsible for guiding the app’s development, our research project, IT & legal matters, among other things. With a background in Business Administration, Atse has gained seven years of broad IT experience in the field of eHealth, specifically in the mental health sector. With full enthusiasm, he now puts all his skills to use to help make our app a success.
Peter Gielissen
Peter Gielissen
Peter Gielissen is a multimedia and publishing entrepreneur and operates as advisor to Tired of Cancer. In the early days of the internet, Peter founded his first company that brought streaming technology to the Netherlands. Later, he founded a second company (20 FTE), Damocles Publishing, which was acquired by the global ICT company Lost Boys. He has over 25 years of experience within the (fast changing) multimedia business and he is still pioneering technical (digital broadcasting) and media business innovations (shared revenue business models). Peter is with Tired of Cancer because of its potential to innovate medical new media.
Laurens van Kampen
Laurens van Kampen Advisor
Laurens van Kampen is an experienced businessman, having worked the last 15 years for several major (international) companies as director and general manager. In his personal life he has been committed to non-profit initiatives in the field of psycho-oncology. He puts his strategic thinking and goal-oriented advice to use in the Tired of Cancer advisory board.

Henk van der Wal
Henk van der Wal Advisor
Henk van der Wal runs a family-owned, asset based international transport company for more than 35 years and serves as an advisor to Tired of Cancer. In 2009, he decided to change the strategy of the company and created a virtual transport company, a so-called 4 party logistics company. This company is one of the biggest virtual transport companies in Europe. By using the best available software in the industry, Van der Wal’s second company – SmartWay Logistics – makes European transport more sustainable and transparent. Henk supports Tired of Cancer with his business background because he strongly believes, also from personal experience, that the tool will help people during difficult periods in their lives.
Karen van Rassel has been involved with Lymphoma Coalition since its inception and CEO since 2010 and prior to that the ED of Lymphoma Canada since 2002. Before joining the healthcare sector, she was in the marketing and advertising industry for over 20 years. Karen has been involved with Tired of Cancer since 2014 because the LC Global Patient Survey points to fatigue as the number one issue with patients. This is a one of a kind support tool that will help patients understand that they are not alone and provide guidance and skills to help them with daily living.
Dr. Cobij Heijnen is one of the founding scientists in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. At MD Anderson Cancer Center, she seeks to understand the treatment of cancer-related stress, pain, fatigue and chemotheraphy-induced cognitive deficits, or chemobrain.
Dr. Hagenbeek has been working with cancer patients throughout his career and has specialized in malignant lymphoma/lymphnode cancer (both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). “Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF) appeared to be a significant quality of life deteriorating phenomenon in (cured) patients in my hemato-oncology practice. Docters don’t ask their patients and patients don’t tell their docter , based on my own experience. Underlying reason for the docter : no idea how to handle CRF and for the patient : I don’t want to bother my docter… This unique app will help to change this unacceptable situation, providing improved perspectives for many thousands of patients worldwide who suffer from this undesirable side effect.”
Dr. Marije van der Lee is head of the scientific research department at the Helen Dowling Institute. She also works as a cognitive behavourial therapist and healthcare psychologist at the Helen Dowling Institute. Dr. Van der Lee is involved in several e-health research projects in the field of cancer-related fatigue and hopes to see the Tired of Cancer app help many cancer patients to regain a good quality of life.

    What is cancer-related fatigue?

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    It’s probably safe to say that just about everybody knows that having cancer is tough. It’s a life-changing experience. When you are diagnosed with cancer, your life screeches to a halt and you switch to survival mode. However, what most people don’t seem to know is that life after cancer can be just as exhausting. One of the most common issues former cancer patients have to deal with is cancer-related fatigue (CRF). This long-lasting form of fatigue affects 30 to 40% of all (former) patients, so you are not alone in your struggle. Even though this is such a large scale issue, not that much is known about cancer fatigue. Many patients don’t know that it’s ‘a thing’ and more or less accept it as part of the disease.

    CRF is so much more than normal fatigue

    Cancer fatigueEverybody gets tired at one time or another. Cancer-related fatigue, however, is not ‘normal’ fatigue. It’s mental and physical exhaustion. It has a huge impact on every aspect of your life. It can kick in totally unexpected and rest or sleep doesn’t help to get your energy back. You may wake up in the morning, drag yourself to the shower, undress and… you’re exhausted again. This is a pretty common example of the severe fatigue you may be experiencing. CRF is different for different people though. If you feel in any way that you are abnormally tired or lack energy, talk to you doctor about it.

    It’s important that you take action, because dealing with CRF can be incredibly frustrating. You want to do things, but you simply can’t bring yourself to do them. All of a sudden, your personal boundaries are easily crossed. This can be a pretty rough deal, not only for yourself, but also for your family, friends and colleagues. It may be hard for them to understand why you won’t come to a party, can’t cook for your family or why you’ve cut down your working hours.

    What causes cancer-related fatigue?

    If only there were one simple answer to this question. As if having cancer isn’t enough, it comes with all kinds of unpleasant bonus features, such as anemia, nausea, anxiety, lack of sleep and worrying. These side-effects won’t magically disappear once your treatment has finished, so both your body and your mind keep facing Olympic-sized challenges. You can imagine that all of these factors combined have a huge impact on your energy level. Who wouldn’t get tired?

    Is there a solution?

    Patients tend not to talk about their fatigue. Doctors often don’t ask about it. And even if it does come up in conversation, health care professionals are not always aware that CRF can actually be treated. This is a real shame, because cancer-related fatigue isn’t ‘just part of the disease’ and you don’t have to live with it forever. It can in fact be treated. Because a lot of factors may be contributing to your cancer fatigue, it won’t come as a surprise that treatment should be multifaceted as well. A combination of psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy and physical exercise has proven to reduce CRF. In other words, knowing the mechanisms of your fatigue and how to respond to them is part of the solution. Staying active, even though you probably don’t feel like it, is the other part. Ask your health care professional about your options.