How the PALGA portal made life a lot easier

"Without the PALGA Portal, we would never have managed to trace those 50 rare cases dispersed over more than 20 pathology labs”.

“We study a very rare form of lymphoma. That PALGA was able to track down all cases of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) since 1990 is unique.” 

Daphne de Jong, Professor of Pathology at VUmc, emphasizes the excellent collaboration she has had with PALGA for many years. Among other things, it resulted in the very large cohort that made her lab’s research into BIA-ALCL possible. It is probably the largest population-based cohort in the world for this very rare disease. We asked Professor de Jong and her colleague Nathalie Hijmering, Coordinator of the HOVON Pathology Facility, how the PALGA portal has changed their work over the years.  

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