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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.

    To be or not to be

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    Author: Bram Kuiper

    In 1985, just one year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, my father passed away, aged 63. As a doctor he knew right from the diagnosis that he wouldn’t survive. My mother, two sisters, two brothers and I surrounded him with all the attention, love and support he needed. My father always kept a diary and in one of his entries he wrote that his illness felt like a stay in a foreign country. He was familiar with that feeling because he spent many years abroad working as a doctor in the tropics. I was 29 years old and working as a clinical psychologist. It was my first serious experience with cancer and for me it also felt like spending time in a foreign world. But during that year, it became more and more familiar, no matter how bleak the future seemed to be.

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    Two years later, in 1987, I started as a psychologist at the Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. That I would include working at the Oncology Department alongside my other tasks was self-explanatory. I provided care for cancer patients, their family and friends, with different types of cancer, young and old, with good and bad prognoses, both inside the clinic as well as in the outpatient clinic. It all felt very familiar. Later, in 2000, I became CEO of the Helen Dowling Institute, a fabulous and renowned psycho-oncology centre in the Netherlands. Until 2012 I combined my job as CEO with my work as a psychologist.

    Over the last 30 years I have witnessed the enormous impact cancer has on the physical, emotional and social life of patients and their loved ones from different perspectives: as the child-of, the brother, the partner, the friend, the colleague and the psychologist. What have I learned?
    I have come to realise that the essence of oncology revolves around the issue of ‘to be’ or ‘not to be’. This applies both literally and figuratively, for everyone dealing with cancer.

    First, it applies to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Sooner or later they will ask themselves ‘How long do I have to live? How long will I be here?’ Literally, ‘to be’, to live, because ‘not to be’ implies the end, death. It’s all about the quantity of life. Even when the prognosis is ‘reasonable’ to ‘good’. And when you still have time to live, however short that may be, sooner or later a second question presents itself – about the quality of life. ‘How do I want to live? How do I want ‘to be’ as long as I’m still here?’ ‘What do I still want (or do not want) to do’, that’s what it’s all about. Once they are confronted with cancer, people re-evaluate their desires and limitations. Figuratively, ‘not to be’ implies the absence of quality of life. People with cancer want ‘to be’, both literally and figuratively.

    Second, it applies to everyone who works in oncology. ‘To be’, or ‘not to be’. Literally it means one should physically be present enough and also offer the best possible care. That’s the least you can do. At the same time you need to be present figuratively, by which I mean that caregivers should be ‘attentively available’ for patients trusted in their care. People with cancer go through an existential crisis and in my opinion they sense immediately when someone isn’t truly involved – whether they ‘are there’ or ‘not there’.

    Only when caregivers are truly ‘there’ they can genuinely help their patients ‘to be’ in the strange unknown country. Literally and figuratively