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Treatment Methods (Proton Therapy for Cancer)

To reduce the increasing mortality rate of cancer in the world today, no method is more effective than a focus on early discovery and treatment. Cancer treatment methods that do not require surgery, can be performed through outpatient visits, cause minimal side effects, and can be undertaken while leading a normal life are in demand, and proton therapy (also known as particle radiation therapy) satisfies all of these requirements.

Proton therapy is a new form of radiation therapy in which proton beams (which are composed of hydrogen atom nuclei) are accelerated to almost the speed of light and irradiated onto cancer tissue, thereby destroying cancer cells. The major difference between proton therapy and conventional radiation therapy is the distribution of radiation within the body. In conventional radiation therapy, the greatest dosage of radiation is concentrated near the body’s surface, away from which it gradually decreases. In contrast, proton beams have the characteristic of sending a high dosage of radiation into the body just before they stop, therefore imparting a greater amount of radiation toward the cancer.

Because their mechanism of action on the body differs from that of conventional radiation therapy, the effect of proton beams on cancer cells is expected to be much higher and also effective against cancer recurrence. The greater efficacy and reduction of damage to healthy tissue are excellent features of proton therapy.

Features of Our Hospital

Our hospital is the first private healthcare institution in Japan to offer proton therapy, and today it is the primary focus of our cancer treatment efforts. Our goal is to pioneer a new age in cancer treatment by enabling patients from around the world to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Therapy Record According to Site

Disease 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
1: Brain Tumors 3 4 7 5 2 21
2: Head and Neck 27 153 171 153 43 547
3: Lungs 13 77 62 58 19 229
4: Esophagus 6 41 56 30 6 139
5: Liver 2 30 29 29 7 97
6: Pancreas 1 22 10 15 3 51
7: Other Digestive Organs 8 40 46 34 12 140
8: Prostate Gland 23 45 55 48 29 200
9: Others 5 57 58 49 12 181
Total 88 469 494 421 133 1,605

From October 2008 to July 2012

Because proton therapy has shown high efficacy on cancer cells with little damage to healthy tissue, we hope to establish it as the new standard for cancer treatment in the future. As a result. we are now utilizing proton therapy not only for early stage cancer, but also for advanced stage cancer. We are also planning to construct a boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) treatment device (scheduled for completion in 2012), which will enrich our ability to combat metastatic cancers. Our mission is to improve the lives of our patients, as our own contribution to the eradication of cancer.

In addition. our hospital actively embraces advanced international medical treatment. One of our objectives is “hospital sharing,” whereby those hospitals capable of providing advanced treatment services establish an international organization for closely cooperating with each other to meet the various medical needs of patients. We currently specialize in cancer treatment using proton therapy, and are also highly reputed internationally in such fields as brain tumor surgery, pituitary gland surgery, cardiovascular surgery, head and neck cancer surgery, maxillofacial prosthesis implantation, endovascular repair, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

Other Features of Our Hospital

The motto of our hospital is “We do it all for the patients,” and it is the principle under which we conduct our daily operations. The most outstanding feature of our hospital is our staff of specialists in every branch of medicine. Not only do we perform preventive medicine and cancer treatment, but we can also accommodate a wide variety of other areas including cardiovascular diseases, pediatric diseases, digestive system diseases, head and neck diseases, respiratory diseases, and gynecological diseases. accommodate a wide variety of other areas, including cardiovascular diseases, pediatric diseases, digestive system diseases, head and neck diseases, respiratory diseases, and gynecological diseases.

Rehabilitative medicine, nursing care, and social services are extremely important to us, and we are presently enhancing our collaborative partnerships with overseas medical institutions. We can provide medical support to other countries that are in need of specialist expertise for our examination technology, treatment technology, diagnosis technology, rehabilitation, nursing, and social services. We place a particularly strong emphasis on the reciprocal training of doctors in collaboration with numerous countries abroad.

A Message to International Patients from Our Hospital

Dr. Shinichi Hori
Dr. Kazuo Watanabe, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO

We at the Southern TOHOKU Research Institute for Neuroscience believe that our mission in the 21st century is to provide high-quality, efficient healthcare to meet the needs of society. In order to do so, our doctors and our entire staff continually strive to expand our knowledge as a research institution. In line with the motto “We do it all for the patients,” we provide emergency medical care, advanced medical care, social services for the elderly, and preventative medicine, as well as make contributions to international healthcare. Placing an emphasis on patient-oriented service, we treat our patients with humility, courtesy, and an open mind, and we aim to achieve patient satisfaction with our treatment and services. Moreover, we are focusing our efforts on improving international standards of healthcare by admitting patients from abroad, promoting medical training, including for doctors overseas who wish to study in Japan, and supporting international advances in medical technologies.

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External View of Our Hospital External View of Southern TOHOKU Proton Therapy Center Proton Therapy Device Rotary Gantry Irradiation Chamber Linear Accelerator, Particle Radiation Therapy Device
External View of Our Hospital External View of Southern TOHOKU Proton Therapy Center Proton Therapy Device Rotary Gantry Irradiation Chamber Linear Accelerator, Particle Radiation Therapy Device
PET-CT Neurosurgical Procedure Endovascular Repair  
PET-CT Neurosurgical Procedure Endovascular Repair  
Established 1981
Clinical Departments (35 departments as of July 2012)
Neurosurgery, Surgery, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Respiratory Surgery, Anesthesiology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Allergology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Gastrointestinal Medicine, Cardiology, Respiratory Disease, Bronchoesophagology,
Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Proctology, Dermatology, Venereology,
Rehabilitation Medicine, Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry,
Emergency, Therapeutic Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Diagnostic Pathology, Orthodontics, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Special Outpatient Services
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Exit on the Tohoku Expressway
15 minutes by car from the Motomiya
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60 minutes from Fukushima Airport by car
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