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What is Heavy Ion Cancer Therapy

Heavy ion cancer treatment is a type of radiation therapy. The cutting edge technique involves the irradiation of cancer lesion using focused beams of carbon ions accelerated to approximately 70% of the speed of light.

Advantages of Heavy Ion Cancer Therapy

1.    Concentrated irradiation of the cancer lesion

X-rays used in conventional radiotherapy are most effective near the surface of the body and emit energy as they penetrate deeper into the tissue. Heavy ions, however, cause an energy peak at a fixed depth within the body, and emit considerably lower levels of energy before and after this point. By matching this depth to the position of the cancer lesion, it is possible to specifically target the tumor and effectively treat cancers situated deep within the body.

2.    Minimal side effects

As radiation is concentrated on the cancer lesion only, damage to the surrounding normal cells can be minimized, thereby significantly reducing the likelihood of the side effects.

3.    Outpatient treatment made possible

As surgery is not require, patients can be treated on an outpatient basis. Furthermore, treatment can still be provided to patients who are not confident about their physical strength, such as the elderly.

4.    Intractable cancers now treatable

Heavy ion therapy makes it possible to treat a wider range of cancers, including those for which conventional radiation therapy has shown little effect such as osteosarcomas, and cancers that cannot be removed surgically because they have developed in complicated areas.

5.    Short treatment period

Heavy ion beams have two to three times the anti-cancer cytotoxic capacity of proton beams, X-rays, and gamma rays. Since each radiation session is more effective, the overall treatment can be shortened significantly.

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Treatment Process

1.    Initial examination - UPC Medical Concierge will collect all medical reports from patient and send to medical centre for first assessment.
 

2.    Examination - Confirms that the patient has undergone the necessary tests and explains the treatment and any possible side effects to the patient.
 

3.    Preparation for treatment - During this stage, fixture to hold the body in place during treatment are created and CT scans are used to measure the position of the cancer so that a treatment plan can be devised. There may also be a treatment rehearsal. *Preparation for treatment is generally expected to take approximately one to two weeks.

4.    Radiation Therapy - Treatment is received once daily, and the during of the irradiation is around one to five minutes. Including the preparation time needed to position the patient for irradiation, a session takes a total of approximately twenty to thirty minutes.
 

5.    Post Treatment - After the treatment, the hospital will continue to monitor the progress of the rehab with UHG Medi-Care. *Actual treatment may differ from the above example in some cases.

【 FAQ 常 見 問 題 】

就診前請問需要什麼手續? What procedures will I need to complete first?


請先諮詢您的主診醫生。患者需要在其他醫療機構做檢查,經確診癌症後,選擇重離子線治療,並請主診醫師進行轉介。

Please consult your doctor first. Patients need to be examined in other medical institutions. After diagnosis of cancer, please ask your attending doctor for a referral to receive heavy ion therapy treatment.




患者家屬可以單獨諮詢嗎? Can a family member come alone to discuss treatment on behalf of another person?


可以 。請患者家屬在諮詢前確認以下事項:

- 患者本人是否有治療意願

- 病歷(曾罹患之疾病、曾接受之手術等)

- 症狀(疼痛程度等)

- 身體運動能力(能否移動、日常生活是否需要幫助)

Yes. The patient's family shall confirm the following before consulting:

- Does the patient have a willingness to receive treatment?

- Medical records (diseases, surgical procedures, etc.)

- Symptoms (degree of pain, etc.)

- Physical exercise ability (can you move, whether you need help in daily life)




從初診到治療開始需要多長時間? How soon after the initial examination will the treatment start?


從首次開始治療大約需要入院2到3次,大約為2到3周。另外,治療部位不同,治療前的入院次數也不同。例如,治療前列腺癌時,可能因癌症的進展情況先實施幾個月的激素療法,再做重離子線治療。 Patients will be required to come to the facility two to three times following their initial examination and prior to starting treatment. This will normally be over a period of two to three weeks. Please note that the number of times you are required to visit the facility prior to treatment will be determined by the type of cancer to be treated. Depending on how far the cancer has progressed, patients with prostate cancer may be required to undergo hormone treatment for a few months prior to heavy ion therapy.




治療過程中必須要住院嗎? Will I need to be hospitalized during treatment?


所有治療皆為門診。從外國來的患者可使用附近的住宿設施。

The hospital doesn't include a ward for patients so they are required to commute for treatment. Patients from abroad can use nearby accommodation facilities.




一次治療大約多長時間? How long does one treatment session takes?


從進入治療室到離開大約需要20-30分鐘。實際接受重離子線照射的時間只有幾分鐘。照射女戈需要X- Ray拍照確定治療位置,並以毫米為單位調節身體位置,這一過程大約需要15分鐘。當然,治療部位不同所需時間也不同。

It takes about 20-30 minutes from entering the treatment room to the time you leave. The actual time to receive heavy ion beam irradiation is only a few minutes. Irradiating beams requires an X-Ray photo to determine the treatment location and adjust the body position in millimeters, a process that takes about 15 minutes. Of course, the time required to treat different parts is not the same.




治療有疼痛感嗎? Will I feel pain during the treatment?


重離子線照射過程中不會感覺到疼痛或者灼熱。

You will not feel pain or heat when heavy ion beams are irradiated during treatment.





Medical Facilities
 

Inside the treatment area, it has equipped with the most advanced large-scale medical equipment such as a circular synchrotron with a heavy ion line and a diameter of 20 meters; on the other hand, the interiors are finished in wood to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere. This space has a calm, soothing atmosphere and helps patients relax.

Treatment Areas
 

There are three treatment rooms. In Treatment Room A, radiation can be applied horizontally or at a 45-degree angle, and Treatment Room B is equipped for bidirectional irradiation (both horizontal and vertical). In Treatment Room C, a next-generation 3D scanning irradiation equipment will be introduced very soon.

Equipment Area
 

Approximately half of the area of the building is occupied by the equipment, in particular a circular accelerator called a synchrotron that measures 20 meters in diameter. The carbon ions are derived from methane gas in an apparatus known as the ion source. These carbon ions are first accelerated to around 9% of the speed of light in two linear accelerators. Next, the synchrotron is used to accelerate them to 70% of the speed of light – the level of energy required for the treatment. Then the ion beams can be sent to treatment rooms and irradiated to cancer lesions in patients.

UHG Medi-Care Heavy ion Cancer Therepy Package

Hotel

Business Hotel near medical centre

Basic Package

First day: Fly from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Japan. Meet and greet by UPC Medical Concierge and transfer to hotel with private chauffeur.

Treatment: Transfer to medical centre for medical check and operation. Transportation, meals and leisure activities are taken care of by UPC Medical Concierge.

Final day: Operation completes and fly back to Hong Kong.

UPC Personalized Services (Personalized service will incur extra costs)

Hotel Upgrade - Five-star Hotel

Flight Upgrade - Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon Business Class 

Interpretation - Professional Medical Interpreter accompany you to the medical centre

Others - Personal tour guide for your group. Our Chinese speaking guide is pleased to offer the best Japanese experience

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