Centre history

Chiba Cancer Center was publicly founded in 1972 to provide Chiba residents affordable cancer treatment, and through gradual expansions, including the Department of Radiology in 2000, the Palliative Care Unit in 2003, and most recently the construction of a new hospital wind in December of 2017, evolved as an institution providing comprehensive cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Among our numerous accolades for quality patient care, the Center also received the prestigious national recognition as the prefectural core hospital for cancer care for Chiba, an honor granted to at most one facility per prefecture, by the Ministry of Health in 2006.

Department profile

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Chiba Cancer Center is an integral component of the public healthcare system in the prefecture of Chiba, home to more than 6 million residents in the Greater Tokyo Area. The Center is a highly specialized treatment and research center with 341 beds devoted to oncology and palliative care. Our team of cancer experts utilizes the most advanced, state-of-the-art practices and therapeutic options, such as the daVinci surgical system, to treat a wide variety of cancers. The Research Institute conducts basic and applied research on cancer biology and drug development under competitive funding sources and participates in collaborative research projects with institutions across Japan. The frequent collaboration between the research institute and our clinical departments allow us to develop and utilize advanced diagnostic and treatment options, such as the recent establishment of Department of Genetic Counselling Clinic to introduce advanced disease screening and precision medicine to the bedside.

Areas of specialisation

Our clinical departments include the following:

  • Esophageal and Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Breast Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Urology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Palliative Medicine

Palliative and supportive care

Our Palliative Care Center includes palliative care unit, palliative care team, two clinics (palliative and psycho-oncology), personnel for home care support, and  specialized staffs dedicated to palliative care and the motto, "palliative care anytime, anywhere." The palliative care unit has 25 beds and we accept hospitalization 24 hours for patients who have difficulty of coping at home. Our palliative care team consists of 13 staff members from seven specialties and conducts daily consultation for other cancer patients in general ward. Palliative care clinic and psycho-oncology clinic provide professional care for cancer patients with or without cancer treatment. The home care support section coordinates the home care services with a network of more than 80 qualified specialized homecare physicians, 80 home nursing stations, case workers and other personnel.

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