Proton Therapy Treatment
Proton therapy is highly effective when the tumor is solid, well-defined, localized, and non-metastasized. MPTRC provides proton therapy for cancers of the prostate, lung, liver, bile duct, pancreas, head and neck, esophagus, and more. A team at MPTRC has been developing expertise in cancer and is currently focusing on breast cancer. Proton therapy offers no benefit for gastrointestinal or blood cancer. Length of treatment depends on the type, size, and position of the cancer – it takes 5.5 weeks for prostate cancer and 2 weeks for localized lung cancer, both after a week of preparation (this includes medical examinations, creation of a treatment plan, and treatment simulation).
- Consulting doctor at Medipolis
After the initial referral by your physician and arrival at Medipolis, you will their team of doctors to discuss necessary treatment procedures.
- Preparation for treatment
During the following week, two to five days will be spent planning the treatment process. During this time, MRI, X-Rays, CT scans, and blood tests will be done to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the precise position of the cancer. Based on this information, the treatment will be planned, including the fabrication of a compensator (or bolus) for your tumor and a personal positioning device. These ensure the highest possible precision to minimize the irradiation of healthy tissue.
The following week, after a day of orientation and a rehearsal, the treatment begins. Treatment is on an out-patient basis Monday through Friday and takes about 30 minutes per day. Duration of treatment depends on the type of cancer being treated (2 to 8 weeks.)
- After completion of the treatment
Your home physician will carry out follow-up observations.
Medipolis Proton Therapy and Research Center (MPTRC)
About MediPolisThe Medipolis Proton Therapy and Research Center (MPTRC), is part of Medipolis Ibusuki, a project developed jointly by the government, industry and academia in Ibusuki, a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The aim of Medipolis Ibusuki is to share cutting- edge medical knowledge with the rest of the world, while offering holistic treatment that aims to support every aspect of our patients’ recovery in a setting that is among the best of Japan’s hot spring resorts with a hotel and sports facilities. MPTRC, the core medical facility of Medipolis Ibusuki, first offered proton beam therapy for people with cancer in 2011.Location:Kagoshima, JapanType of City:ResortFacility:Proton Beam TherapyIn Operation: June 2007Advantages of Facility:
- Stay in a resort area during treatment
- Qualification by Taqtik
- Medical Record
- Qualification by the center
- Trip preparation
- Gantry Irradiation Rooms (3 rooms) - The Gantry is a device for focusing the proton beam. The 180-ton device rotates 360 degrees around the patient and can deliver the proton beam from any direction.
- Synchrotron - This is a donut-shaped device that accelerates the proton beams to about 2/3 (or 70%) the speed of light.
- Operation / Control Room - The room where the technologists control the proton beam
- Pre-treatment & Diagnostic Room. This is where the medical staff confirm the exact location of cancer before the beginning of treatment.
- Prostate cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Lung cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Head and Neck cancer
- Bone and Soft tissue cancer