Guidelines offer recommendations on diagnosis, treatment and the consequences of cancer (treatments) and palliative care. These recommendations are preferably evidence based. Where there is no scientific evidence, they are based on the expertise and experiences of healthcare professionals and healthcare users (consensus based). Guidelines are in fact the foundation for professional action in oncological and palliative care. The subjects for which guidelines have been drawn up are disease-oriented, symptom-oriented and target group-oriented.

Medical specialist oncology guidelines can be found at These are Dutch multidisciplinary guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a specific tumor and guidelines for the treatment of the symptoms of the disease or the consequences of oncological treatment. 

Nursing guidelines can be found at, the dietetics guidelines at  (for the English version of the nutrition guidelines please contact

Using data from the Netherlands Cancer Registry, it is possible to evaluate the extent to which recommendations of the guideline are followed.

IKNL also provides proces guidence for the development or revision of guidelines in the field of palliative care.

Guidelines Palliative Care

Guidelines for Palliative Care have been drawn up to make the diagnosis and treatment of palliative patients increasingly effective. These are multidisciplinary and are drawn up on the basis of the most recent insights and the experiences of patients and healthcare professionals. The guidelines can be consulted via Pallialine and the PalliArts app. 

Goal guidelines

Guidelines provide a handle for the broad and multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals who work in palliative care. This enables them to increase the quality of care from a multidimensional approach and to better fulfill the wishes, values ​​and needs of patients and relatives as described in the Netherlands Palliative Care Quality Framework.