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EFFORTS OF UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBAEfforts of University of Tsukuba

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Project

Advancement of Cancer Treatment Methods and Education of Specialized Human Resources

Summary

Having begun full-scale clinical research on proton beam therapy in 1983, the University of Tsukuba boasts the longest history of such research, through which many impressive achievements have been accomplished. Proton beam therapy performed here is ahead of the rest of the world specifically for liver and other cancers that develop deep in the body, and this treatment is highly lauded as the global standard. Currently, we are conducting research to establish treatment with fewer side-effects and cause less burden on the body. At this research center, we also focus on education of specialized human resources. The main research themes are as follows.

 

  • Clinical research on prostate cancer proton beam therapy using short-term radiation
  • Safety and effectiveness of proton beam therapy for large cerebral arteriovenous malformations
  • Study of safety and effectiveness through the establishment of a proton beam therapy case database for pediatric tumors
  • Collaborative big data analysis research to predict the effects of radiation therapy
  • Research on the biological effects of proton beams on cancer cells and normal cells
  • Research on tumor immunostimulatory effects of radiation on cancerous tissue
  • Clarification of ionizing radiation-induced DNA damage and its repair mechanisms
  • Research for practical utilization of neutron capture therapy
  • Research on the synergistic effects of combinations of multiple treatments including particle beam therapy
  • Research to improve the accuracy and safety of radiation and particle beam therapy
  • Development of new treatment technologies using particle accelerators
  • Development of new technologies for quality control
  • Development of technology to evaluate dose distribution in the body with high accuracy
Main member

SAKURAI Hideyuki

Professor, Faculty of Medicine

SAKAE Takeji

Professor, Faculty of Medicine

KUMADA Hiroaki

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine

OKUMURA Toshiyuki

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine

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