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Reducing throughput time until chemotherapy treatment

Veldhuizen, S.J. (2014) Reducing throughput time until chemotherapy treatment.

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Abstract:This research serves to determine the capacities required to start with neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer patients within two weeks after arrival. Between the moment of arrival and the first chemotherapy treatment, a number of appointments is required to be performed. Waiting times for individual appointments are fluctuating, causing the average throughput time to be near three weeks. In order to improve the performance, our approach is focused on time slots. Through a combination of a queuing model and computer simulation, the performance of different numbers of time slots is analyzed. Subsequently, the configurations are modified by means of heuristics. Feasible solutions are found for both current arrivals and future scenarios. The effect of various utilization rates and different time slots allocations are analyzed. Recommendations are given for implementation of the findings.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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