Minimally invasive surgery has been receiving attention, because it requires a small wound and thus has a mild effect on the body and the patient can return to society earlier. Our hospital has focused on minimally invasive surgery for cancer, and in 2008 we were the first in Japan to introduce the da Vinci surgical robot for endoscopy. In surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, an endoscope camera and robotic arms are inserted from a wound of as small as approximately 1 cm, and the surgeon performs surgery using a cockpit referred to as a surgeon’s console while viewing a 3D-image monitor. The surgeon operates two master controls with the hands as well as a foot switch with the feet, and performs surgery by operating the machine by remote control. The characteristics of the da Vinci system include that surgery with the use of precise 3D images is possible, the surgeon can use medical equipment that has freely-moving joints, hand tremors can be avoided, and surgery can be performed while viewing a wide screen. Accordingly, it has become possible to improve existing problems such as restricted wrist movement and two-dimensional operation, both of which were weak points of laparoscopic surgery, with the use of the da Vinci system. For instance, in the case of a partial resection of renal cancer, renal functions deteriorate as the duration of surgery lengthens, and so it is necessary to perform surgery in a short period of time and suppress bleeding to avoid post-operative complications. With the introduction of the da Vinci system, performing such delicate and rapid surgery has become possible. Furthermore, one of the benefits of the da Vinci system is to help patients return to society overwhelmingly earlier compared to a laparotomy. In 2012, we also introduced the newest da Vinci machine, with which two surgeons can operate the machine by remote control by using two cockpits, and so more precise and safer cancer treatment requiring a small wound is anticipated.
This hospital was established in 1992 as the second hospital of the National Cancer Center, concentrating on cancer research and treatment. With a clinical development center established within the organization, the National Cancer Center Hospital East is dedicated to applying the latest research breakthroughs in clinical practice. In an effort to treat our cancer patients, various medical departments related to the treatment of cancer collaborate and exchange information. Even if a patient is to be treated with proton therapy, it is still possible to administer an optimal and comprehensive in-house cancer treatment plan; for example, depending on the type of cancer, chemotherapy can be used as well, or the tumor can be minimized primarily through excision.
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Our institution was the first in Japan to introduce a proton therapy system exclusively for medical treatment, and the second hospital in the world to commence its clinical application. Thanks to our extensive clinical experience, we have become recognized as a global authority in the field of proton therapy. In addition to our clinical activities, several of the few medical physicists in the world are on our staff, and they are currently conducting research on the latest in proton therapy techniques.
They are achieving results in research areas such as the visualization of the world’s most advanced irradiation range.
Dr. Kiyotaka Hoshinaga
Dr. Ichiro Uyama
Professor in the Department of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
Our hospital has consistently aimed to provide patient-centered medicine based on the guiding principle proposed by our late president Dr. Keisuke Fujita: “We should feel infinite compassion for the weak, and practice medicine without allowing ourselves to be arrogant.” For example, we were the first in Japan to introduce the da Vinci Surgical System medical robot because we wanted to provide patients with safe and high-quality medicine. We always consider the patient’s situation and we are equipped with the latest devices and facilities. In addition, we take pride in the excellent skills of our doctors and the “omotenashi” spirit of Japanese hospitality of our nurses. Our hospital has more than 1,500 beds, which is the greatest number in a single medical institution in Japan. Approximately 2,100 patients visit our outpatient department every day, and we perform more than 11,000 surgeries a year. Including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, radiologists, medical technicians, therapists, and office workers, our hospital has 2,600 full-time staff members. Including part-time staff, this number reaches 2,750 people. All of our staff members work hard as a team to provide patients with the best care every day.
|External View of Our Hospital||da Vinci Si Operating Room
A horizontal action shot of an operating room featuring the da Vinci Si Surgical System.
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|Hands on Master Controls; Operative Split Screen
Image showing hands on the master controls of the surgeon console and the operative screen.
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Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine/Allergology, Gastrointestinal Medicine, Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Medicine, Hematology/Chemotherapy, Rheumatology/Infectious Disease Medicine, Nephrology, Endocrinology/Metabolism Internal Medicine, General Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery (Liver/Spleen), General Surgery/Pancreatic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery (Esophagus/Stomach/Duodenum [Upper Gastrointestinal Tract]), Gastrointestinal Surgery (Small Intestine/Colon/Rectum [Lower Gastrointestinal Tract]), Cardiovascular Surgery/Respiratory Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Breast Surgery, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Urology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology/Bronchoesophagology, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Dentistry, Orthodontics, Child Dentistry, Anesthesiology/Pain Clinic, Diagnostic Pathology, Emergency Department, Disaster Trauma Surgery, Palliative Care, Organ Transplants, Clinical Oncology
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1-98 Dengakugakubo, Kutsukakecho Toyoake, Aichi 470-1192
|22 minutes from Nagoya Station;
get off at Zengo Station: 15 minutes
by Meitetsu Bus from Zengo Station
on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
|Approximately 50 minutes
by car from Chubu Centrair