Cancer today, heart damage tomorrow?


About the research

Cancer patients often become heart patients. This is because chemotherapy affects not only cancer cells but also healthy cells, such as the heart muscle cells. In order to prevent heart damage after chemotherapy, we first need to know what factors increase the risk of heart damage. And that is what Sibren Haesen (Uhasselt) has made his mission. With his Ph.D., he wants to help ensure that today's cancer patients do not become tomorrow's heart patients.

Sibren Haesen

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson, science communicator. Sibren Haesen was born on the same day 38 years later, also determined to communicate science to the general public. During his current Ph.D. at Hasselt University, Sibren is researching the impact of chemotherapy on the heart, the aspect of the human body that excites him most.

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