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SAGA HIMAT – Heavy Ion Cancer Treatment Center


  • Company Name: SAGA HIMAT Foundation
  • State/Prefecture: Saga Prefecture
  • City/Town/Village: Tosu
  • Street: 415 Harakogamachi
  • Zip/Postal Code: 841-0071
  • Japan Office: Saga
  • Website: http://www.saga-himat.jp/
  • Listed: 05/22/2013 10:31 pm
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SAGA HIMAT – Heavy Ion Cancer Treatment Center
 

SAGA HIMAT is the leading-edge cancer therapy facility using heavy ion beam.

Heavy Ion beam cancer radiotherapy
Heavy ion beam cancer radiotherapy is one type of radiotherapy.

Heavy Ion beam cancer radiotherapy is the leading-edge radiotherapy, precisely irradiating cancerous cells with carbon ions accelerated to about 60 – 80% of the speed of light.
In the conventional radiotherapy using X-ray or gamma ray, and the irradiation from the external surface of the body is aimed at the cancerous cells. On the surface of the body, the irradiation is extensive and the intensity decreases inwards, therefore causing insufficient damage to the cancerous cells deeply rooted inside the body. Furthermore, damage is caused to the surrounding healthy cells.

On the other hand, the characteristics of the heavy ion and proton are such that the irradiation intensities on the body surface are weak, but reach the final peak (Bragg Peak) at the cancerous cells. Thus it is possible to pinpoint the cancerous cells, causing considerable damage to the cancerous cells, and minimizing damage to healthy cells.
In terms of the concentrated intensities, heavy ion beam radiotherapy is superior to proton therapy, and since the destructive effect on the cancerous cells is 2 to 3 times more effective, the irradiation frequency is lessened, thus it is possible to shorten the therapy period.

The carbon ion is 12 times more massive than a proton. The more massive the accelerated particle, the greater destructive power it achieves.

Features of Heavy Ion beam cancer radiotherapy

  1. Pinpoint irradiation of cancerous cells.
    With heavy ion beams it is possible to concentrate the radiation dose very effectively, enabling pinpoint irradiation of cancerous cells. Therefore it is possible to destroy the cancerous cells deep inside the body while minimizing the damage to the healthy cells.

  2. No pain and minimal side effects
    The radiation dose is concentrated on the cancerous cells, minimizing damage to healthy cells, resulting in minimal side effects. In addition the treatment is free of pain, making it usable in the elderly or other patients with low strength reserves.

  3. Highly effective irradiation
    Compared to a proton, X-ray, gamma ray, or heavy ion beam has two to three times more destructive power, so that a single treatment is significantly more effective.

  4. Successful treatment of formerly difficult-to-treatment cancers
    This form of radiotherapy has been demonstrated to be effective on a variety of cancers resistant to conventional radiotherapy, and on cancers located in places where surgery is difficult.

  5. Short-duration, outpatient treatment possible

Effects of Heavy Ion Radiation

Effects of Heavy Ion Radiation
National Institute of Radiological Sciences (in Chiba city.) started clinical investigations on cancer therapy using heavy-ion radiation in June 1994. By the end of March 2010, more than 5,000 patients have been treated.
 Furthermore, Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Center began clinical investigations in 2002, and by the end of March 2009 more than 480 patients have been treated.

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  1. Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the SAGA Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Tosu

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visits The SAGA Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Saga Prefecture
    Sunday, May 19, 2013
    Source: The Prime Minister Visits Saga and Fukuoka Prefectures

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Saga Prefecture.

    Arriving in Tosu City, the Prime Minister first visited the SAGA Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Tosu scheduled to open in June, in order to see state-of-the-art medicine first-hand. After observing the treatment rooms and accelerator rooms, he exchanged views with former patients and others.

    The Prime Minister then attended the Hometown Roundtable Talk held at a stadium in Tosu City and exchanged views with members of NPOs which are active in Saga Prefecture and others.

    In the afternoon, the Prime Minister moved to Fukuoka Prefecture and attended the Forum for Promoting Active Participation by Young People and Women held at a hotel in Fukuoka City.

    Lastly, the Prime Minister visited Kyushu University Hospital and observed the joint laboratory which carries out research on the treatment of intractable diseases, among other facilities.

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