The three standard methods of cancer treatment are: (1) surgical procedures to excise the diseased part; (2) chemotherapy, in which chemotherapeutic drugs are used; and (3) radiation therapy to destroy cancer cells or inhibit their growth by radiating the diseased part. Although radiation therapy is known to be effective in treating cancer without excising the diseased part, the currently used photon beams (X-ray or gamma ray) often cause damage not only to the cancerous tissue, but also to the surrounding normal tissue or deeper areas. Furthermore, the full efficiency of the beam may not be realized with some types of X-ray resistant cancer tissue.
The particle beam used in this therapy, however, rapidly radiates high energy to the surrounding tissues and then dies off after it has traveled a certain distance through the body.
Thus, pinpoint destruction of the cancerous tissue is now possible with certainty and precision, and damage to the surrounding normal tissues can be minimized. In other words, this therapy is more effective with fewer side effects when compared to conventional radiotherapy. Because of the shortening of treatment periods, depending upon the case, outpatient treatment may be possible.
Japan, having a long history of particle beam therapy, is one of the leading nations in this area and has the largest number of facilities and patients receiving this therapy. Japan took the initiative ahead of other countries to commence heavy particle radiotherapy as a full-scale operation in 1994. As of December 2011, out of 37 facilities exclusively designed for particle beam therapy and research across the world, nine are located in Japan.
In 2001, we opened our facility. It is the world’s only hospital to use two types of particle beam therapy, proton beam therapy and heavy particle beam therapy, and we are known to have clinical experience with high success rates using these therapies. Since our establishment, we have treated over 4,500 patients, and currently over 100 patients can be treated per day.
|Total : 3,521 patients
(From 2001–December 2012)
|Prostate Cancer||1,633 patients|
|Liver Cancer||814 patients|
|Head and Neck Cancer||632 patients|
|Lung Cancer||442 patients|
|3-Year Survival Rate|
|Prostate Cancer||290 patients||97%|
|Liver Cancer||290 patients||67%|
|Early Lung Cancer||80 patients||75%|
Pancreatic cancer therapy was introduced in February 2009, and to date we have already treated over 210 patients with pancreatic cancer.
OWe hold a conference every morning in which therapeutic strategies and plans for each individual patient are discussed by all the staff members at the hospital, including the director, physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, and medical physicists. We carefully determine which particle beam therapy, heavy particle beam therapy or proton beam therapy, is to be used. This is only possible at this center, where both particle beam therapies are available.
Our current goal is to establish ourselves as a leading center for cancer treatment in clinical medicine with this particle beam therapy method in Japan. In order to achieve this, we review case studies extensively to discover treatable types of cancer, and are advancing the development of treatment methods so that we can apply the therapy to as many cancer types as possible.
Dr. Nobukazu Huwa
“We are a hospital that does not feel like a medical institution,” is one of our fundamental principles. We want you to live a normal life as you undergo particle beam therapy, which causes less harm to your body. We offer you a peaceful and comfortable stay at our center, where our staff members may join you for meals. We hope that you will feel able to visit nearby hot springs in between treatments and enjoy the natural surrounding environment of West Harima. Outpatient treatment is also possible.
In the past, we have treated patients from Thailand, China, Korea, Italy, and other countries, and we have collaborated with medical institutions in their home countries. We would like you to take a look at our English website as well as our brochure, written in English and Chinese.
It takes about 1 month from the time you make an appointment to the time of your first visit. You will be admitted to our center, or if you are being treated as an outpatient, you can stay at the support center (lodging facility) or at a nearby hotel.
|External View of Our Center||Particle Accelerator
We use a synchrotron that can accelerate particles from protons to carbon. up to the necessary energy level for treatment.
|Particle Beam Treatment Room (with a 45° oblique beam line)
There are six rooms and seven devices, including rotating gantry treatment rooms, rooms with horizontal and vertical beam lines, and other rooms.
Unlike in a conventional hospital environment, we try to create a peaceful and comfortable space.
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1-2-1 Koto, Shingu-cho, Tatsuno-shi, Hyogo 679-5165
|20 minutes from the JR Sanyo Shinkansen
Aioi Station by car
|160 –180 minutes
from Kansai International Airport by car