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Chiba Cancer Center, established in 1972, is the third oldest cancer treatment facility in Japan. The palliative care unit of Chiba Cancer Center was opened in 2003, and the center was designated as a cancer treatment cooperation center of Chiba Prefecture by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in 2006. Further, it was designated as a cancer genome cooperation hospital in 2019, as well as a pediatric cancer treatment cooperation hospital. The year 2020 marked a new beginning for the center with the opening of a new hospital; the total number of beds in the hospital will soon grow to 450.


Chiba Prefecture is located on the east of Tokyo Metropolitan Area, with a population of more than six million residents. Chiba Cancer Center plays a crucial role in the treatment of cancer in Chiba Prefecture. Since its foundation, it has not only committed itself to provide the general public with cancer care, but also introduced highly sophisticated medical technologies, such as surgical robots. The Center has also recently introduced cutting edge cancer treatment techniques, including cancer genome treatment, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and hyperthermia therapy. Additionally, it has emphasized the need for palliative care by constructing a regional palliative care network so that patients with terminal stage cancer can spend their final days at home with their family. 


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


To ensure that patients with cancer receive palliative care "anytime” and “anywhere," palliative care divisions, such as palliative care outpatient, palliative care team, and palliative care unit, function organically. The Palliative Care Center has been established as the supervising organization, and management meeting is held weekly to oversee these divisions.

The total number of beds in the palliative care unit will be 53 in 2022; it will be one of the largest palliative care wards in Japan.

Last update: January 2022


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