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Routine activities

Networking among Designated Cancer Care Hospitals

The MSPS held the Designated Cancer Care Hospitals Liaison-council and the Palliative Care Committee (a subsidiary organization) to enhance partnerships for cancer control, and the PDCA cycle Forum to improve the quality of cancer care in Japan. The designated cancer care hospitals are important partners with the National Cancer Center (NCC) to promote comprehensive cancer control in Japan.

Pathology consultation section

The PCS received over 600 cases requesting a specialist's second opinion regarding histopathological diagnosis in 2020. There are 91 registered consultants, many of them are highly recognized experts in each specialty disciplines. One of them assigned as a consultant examines the slides and quickly sends back their opinion report to each client. Most of the clients expressed satisfaction with the contents of the report and this consultation system.

Radiotherapy case service

Mailed dosimetry and on-site dosimetry were performed in 116 institutions and 17 institutions, respectively, at the ORPS. All data of the institutions were within the permissible limit.

Research activities

Develop a method to implement a PDCA cycle among the Designated Cancer Care Hospitals

The MSPS developed a method for carrying out a peer review about palliative care and examined how to implement the PDCA cycle continuously.

Develop the IMRT quality control support program

The ORPS were developing enforcement of the mailed dosimetry regarding the output dose of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) in two institutions (designated regional cancer centers).

Clinical trials

The on-site dosimetry regarding the output dose of IMRT
In the Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG1008, JCOG1208, JCOG1303) and the Japanese Radiation Oncology Study Group (JROSG12-1), the ORPS performed on-site dosimetry regarding the output dose of IMRT in 14 institutions.


The CCET provides and evaluates various oncology professional training programs about up-to-date information on early detection, diagnosis, treatment, nursing care, clinical trials and cancer statistics for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, cancer information (CI) specialists and cancer registrars. The CCET provides multidisciplinary training programs for Palliative Care Teams and Chemotherapy Teams. In order to develop leaders in each prefecture, CCET holds leadership training programs for skilled physicians, nurses, pharmacists and CI specialists. (Table 1, 2)

Future prospects

The MSPS searches a support system to meet the needs of the Designated Cancer Care hospitals. All sections will continue to be involved in our routine activities and education.