What is heavy ion radiotherapy?

Cancer therapy, raised in Japan
A cancer treatment technique from Japan attracts the world’s attention

An advanced medical technology, successfully developed in Japan for the first time in the world

The world’s first heavy ion radiotherapy using carbon ions was initially begun at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Japan.
Japan’s heavy ion radiotherapy facilities successfully treated more than about 15,000 patients in the period from 1994 until May 2016.
Heavy ion radiotherapy is a form of radiotherapy attracting a high level of interest around the world, and many institutions are considering the introduction of this treatment. Currently, in addition to the Hospital of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, heavy ion radiotherapy is under operation in Gunma University Heavy Ion Medical Center, Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Center, Kyushu International Heavy Ion Beam Therapy Center, and Kanagawa Cancer Center in Japan; Heidelberg University in Germany; Institute of Modern Physics in China; and Foundation CNAO in Italy. Furthermore, several other facilities are under construction or being planned.

Charged particle therapy facilities around the world

Charged particle therapy facilities around the world