The Thoracic Oncology Division imparts care to patients with primary and metastatic lung cancers, mediastinal tumors, and pleural tumors. In order to help such patients by providing multidisciplinary care, the Division works closely with co-physicians, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and psychiatrists with expertise in their respective fields. We also conduct clinical research to gain a better understanding of these malignant tumors and to develop new and more effective diagnostic modalities and treatments. Residents and trainees from domestic and international institutions have joined the Thoracic Oncology Program.
The outpatient clinic of this Division, conducted by the staff members, is open from Monday to Friday and is concerned with the examination of all new patients who are referred to the Thoracic Oncology Division and of the returning patients. Patients who are candidates for surgical resection are also examined. The staff at the Thoracic Oncology Division are responsible for reading chest radiographs and chest CTs at the hospital. Bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment is carried out in the afternoons from Monday to Thursday. Fluoroscopic CT-guided needle lung biopsies and fluoroscopy-guided needle biopsies are performed on the same day as bronchoscopy. For management of patients, the Division uses approximately 90 beds in conjunction with the Thoracic Surgery Division.
Case conferences on thoracic surgery, medical oncology, and for the nursing staff are scheduled on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Friday afternoons, respectively. The staff members and residents attend a journal club on Wednesday mornings along with the Thoracic Surgery staff. At monthly meetings with physicians involved in private practice, the staff presents case reports and research results for subspecialty education of these physicians.
● K. Kubota ●
|Year|| 1995 || 1996 || 1997 || 1998 || 1999 || 2000 || 2001 || 2002 || 2003 || 2004 || 2005 || 2006 || 2007 |
|Number of patients ||303||362||407||382||423||445||525||518||553||580||568||589||593|
|Stage of disease
| Squamous cell ca.||75||87||93||95||86||96||118||116||121||117||111||120||107|
| Small cell ca.||39||36||50||46||37||42||58||68||48||58||58||71||67|
| Large cell ca.||2||1||6||1||6||10||6||12||11||15||12||18||20|
| Chemo -> surgery||2||7||2||1||1||2||4||7||6||2||4||7||4|
| Chemotherapy (CT)||89||111||120||126||136||135||184||202||208||214||218||200||214|
| surgery -> Chemo||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||16||35||24|
| Radiotherapy (RT)||25||29||27||18||24||27||18||13||10||8||12||14||10|
| Laser therapy||0||3||1||0||1||1||2||0||2||3||1||0||0|
| Palliative care||31||49||66||50||48||33||23||15||19||19||15||17||21|
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