National Cancer Center Hospital East
Instructions for International Patients
Clinics and WardsThe entrance hall of Hospital East is bright and sunny due to the high and glazed ceiling allowing sunshine to pass into the wide carpeted hall. Upon entering the hall, individual sections for visitors, such as reservations for examination, admission to the hospital, accounting, pharmacy and so on are arranged in a single line at the reception counter, minimizing as much as possible the distance that patients have to move. Outpatient consultation rooms are arranged on both the first and second floors and an escalator for exclusive use provides access to the second floor.
Wards in the main building are located on the fourth to eighth floors. Hospitalized patients are generally assigned to the appropriate ward according to the organs to be treated, and regardless of the kinds of treatment (medical, surgical, and other), each patient can undergo a series of treatments in the same wards. Each sickroom has ample open space with large windows and the names of patients are not indicated at the entrances to the rooms, in order to protect their privacy.
Bright entrance hall with many functions
Proton therapy equipment
Diagnosis and TreatmentThe Radiology Division is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic modalities including four helical CT scanners, two MRI systems, two digital subtraction angiographic (DSA) systems, a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner and so on. All equipment is digitized and all radiologists, make accurate and definitive reports of diagnosis, which greatly contribute to determining the treatment plans.
The Endoscopy Division carries out all endoscopic diagnosis of cancer in the aerodigestive organs (pharynx, larynx, bronchus, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreatobiliary tract and large intestine) and strives to extend indications of the endoscopic treatment, which provides a cure for early cancer in the alimentary tract.
The Department of Surgery performs function-preserving operations for ordinary cancer patients as much as possible in consideration of patient QOL, but depending on the case, the extended surgery is done to cure the localized highly progressive cancers. Thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery are routinely indicated for the treatment of lung and colonic cancer patients, except for those having inflammatory changes in the target coelom.
Staff specialists who are taking active part in medical oncology or hematology perform chemotherapy as team-treatment for various malignant diseases. Multidisciplinary therapy is indicated for the patients with intractable or refractory cancers in cooperation with radiological oncologists. Bone marrow transplantations as well as peripheral blood stem cell transfusions are carried out to cure hematological malignancies. Many clinical trials are ongoing for the development of therapeutics or the establishment of standard therapy for cancer patients.
Proton TherapyA proton beam has the characteristic of being adjustable when applied to the human body due to the emission of total whole energy at a certain depth from the surface of the skin. In proton therapy, therefore, highly concentrated and high-dose radiotherapy is available adjusted on one particular spot combined with limited adverse reactions, unlike conventional radiotherapy. In April 1997, NCCHE became the second hospital in the world to have proton therapy equipment available for patients. After extended investigation, it was finally approved to be applicable for the treatment of solid tumors within clinical practice in the end of February 2001. More than a hundred cases have been treated up to now with efficient results.
Ward in quiet environment independent of PCU
Service by volunteers
Palliative Care and Volunteer Activities
The Palliative Care Unit (PCU) is attached to the main building, where staff members are devoted to alleviating the distress of terminally ill patients with cancer, such as mental burden anxiety or sleeplessness, the symptom of breathing difficulty, and cancer pain. This innovation was the first departure from established models for national hospitals and has been a model for other similar facilities in Japan .
Hospital East is supported by the activities of warm-hearted volunteers,
who work actively in various areas such as outpatient information, the mobile
library, the palliative care unit, flower arrangement, the gallery, and
the flower garden in the back yard of the hospital. Volunteers can be identified
by their pink aprons.
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