Multidisciplinary Cancer Treatment

Kyoto University Cancer Center, the first cancer center among university hospitals in Japan, was built in 2007. The primary aims are as follows:
1) To establish a multidisciplinary cancer treatment and management team
2) To educate experts in cancer treatment (physicians, pharmacists, medical physics, and trainers)
3) To develop new techniques or technologies of cancer diagnosis and treatment
In 2007, Department of Multidisciplinary Cancer Treatment was established to manage the aforementioned departments by specialized staffs.
Our department has been appointed to look into the overall management of Kyoto Univercity Cancer.
Center for an extended tenure of three years, commencing April 2012, after completion of the initial five-year term.

Research and Education

We provide substantial professional education to medical school students, graduate students, senior residents, nurses, pharmacist, and co-medicals on multidisciplinary cancer treatment, palliative care, and psychological care for patients with various types of cancer.
We are developing original research and multicenter research in the relevant fields of cancer practice, such as diagnosis, multidisciplinary care, and palliative care, as follows:
(1) We have been tring to develop novel diagnostic equipments which enable early detection and treatment for various cancer or various symptoms associated with cancer.
(2) We have been performing many clinical reserchs on cancer diagnosis or treatment. We not only participate in several clinical traial groups (e.g., Japan Clinical Oncology Group) but also accomplish our original clinical trials.
(3) We have been performing clinical research on palliative care for patients with cancer to establish the techniques for analyzing the factors associated with the onset of delirium and deterioration of health in cancer patients. It also involves research on psychiatric problems relevant to cancer care.

Recent Publications

1.Kizawa Y, Morita T, Hamano J, Nagaoka H, Miyashita M, Tsuneto S. Specialized palliative care services in Japan: a nationwide survey of resources and utilization by patients with cancer. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2013;30(6):552-5.
2.Shirado A, Morita T, Akazawa T, Miyashita M, Sato K, Tsuneto S, Shima Y. Both maintaining hope and preparing for death: effects of physicians’ and nurses’ behaviors from bereaved family members’ perspectives. J Pain Symptom Manage 2013;45(5):848-58.
3.Yoshida S, Shiozaki M, Sanjo M, Morita T, Hirai K, Tsuneto S, Shima Y. Practices and evaluations of prognostic disclosure for Japanese cancer patients and their families from the family’s point of view. Palliat Support Care 2013;11(5):383-8.
4.Kasai D, Ozasa H, Oguri T, Miyazaki M, Uemura T, Takakuwa O, Kunii E, Ohkubo H, Maeno K, Niimi A.Thymidylate synthase gene copy number as a predictive marker for response to pemetrexed treatment of lung adenocarcinoma.Anticancer Res. 2013 May;33(5):1935-40.
5.Minako Uehara, Akiko Hayashi, Toshiya Murai, Shun’ichi Noma. Psychological Factors Influencing Donors’ Decision-Making Pattern in Living-Donor Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2011;Oct 27;92(8):936-42.


Professor:Satoru Tsuneto
Associate Professor:Akiko Hayashi
Assistant Professor:Hiroaki Ozasa, Tomomasa Hayashi