October 26,2020 Update
Treatment with anti-cancer drugs is one of the three major treatments for cancer, along with surgery and radiation. In recent years, the development of new anti-cancer drugs, the combination of effective anti-cancer drugs and the advancement of support therapy to reduce side effects has made it possible for patients to undergo anti-cancer treatment as an outpatient while still maintaining their conventional lives.
In October 2006, an outpatient chemotherapy room was established at the Saitama Medical Center, aiming to provide high-quality anti-cancer drug treatment. In January 2007, it was designated as a Regional Cancer Treatment Cooperative Base Hospital and is working to provide standard cancer therapy and to strengthen medical cooperation with the local community. In June 2008, the number of beds increased from 7 to 15. In August 2017, it was opened as the Outpatient Chemotherapy Center after renewal with the number of beds expanded to 40 and was enhanced with respect to the functionality.
All of the Outpatient Chemotherapy Center staff, the doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are working together to make use of their expertise to provide safe medical care.
|Location||Main building 3rd floor|
|Main equipment||Reclining chairs: 38 beds (including 2 in a dark room) *All with TVs
Beds: 2 beds
Consultation rooms: 5 rooms
Other, wheelchair-accessible toilet, Ostomate available toilet
|Times||Monday to Saturday (except Sundays, national holidays and Year-end and New Year holidays) 8:30 to 17:30|
One full-time physician, and doctors in charge of other departments
Nurses: 19 people
Pharmacists: 9 people
Management registered dietitian: 1 people
|Dcotor||Hideyuki Ishida||Department of Digestive Tract and General Surgery,Surgeon in Chief,Professor
Board Certified Surgeon (Jpn Surg Association, Jpn Soc Gastroenterol Surg)
Board Certified Physician (Jpn Soc Coloproctol)
General Clinical Oncologist (by JBCT)
Faculty(tentative), Subspecialty Board of Medical Oncology, JSMO
|Nurse||Teruko Ando||Head Nurse
Certified Nurse Administrator
Certified Nurse in Palliative Care
|Nurse||Hiromi Shimada||Certified Nurse in Cancer Chemotherapy Nursing|
Board Certified Pharmacist in Palliative Pharmacy（BCPPP）
JSCN Supplement Adviser
|Pharmacist||Mashu Morimoto||JASPO Accredited Pharmacist of Ambulatory Cancer Chemotherapy（APACC）
JSPEN Certificated Pharmacist in Nutritional Support
|Management registered dietitian||Miho Oonisi||JSMCN Cancer Pathology Nutrition Specialized Registered Dietitian
JSMCN Pathology Nutrition Certified Registered Dietitian
JSPEN Certificated Dietitian in Nutritional Support
JSMCN NST Coordinator
Saitama Prefecture Hepatitis Coordinator
The flow from reception to the examination and the treatment at the Outpatient Chemotherapy Center and accounting is as shown below. All the staff are involved with the patient, from coming in to the clinic to going home.
Outpatient Chemotherapy Center features
There are 14 medical departments that utilize the Outpatient Chemotherapy Center, and 336 types of registered treatments (regimens) (Table 1). All of them are standard treatment methods that have been registered after specialists from multiple medical departments evaluated the validity of the treatment.
The target diseases include colon cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine body cancer, cervical cancer, malignant lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. The details for the results of the medical treatment are listed (Table 2).
We have prepared a patient brochure with the most commonly used regimens (Figure 1). This brochure contains the schedule of treatments, the type of infusions on the day of treatment, the order of administration, the time required, the type and timing of the major side effects, home care and life advice, and emergency contact information. We also create a patient journal (Figure 2) and a pamphlet for each side effect (Figure 3) to help patients understand the treatment and the side effects, and to continue the safe treatment at their hospital visits. In August 2008, we opened a consultation desk called the "Cancer Treatment and Pain Counseling Room" in order to respond to the discomfort of the physical symptoms and feelings such as the pain caused by cancer, the anxiety associated with treatment, and the worries about life and care at home. Here, we work with the palliative care team to provide consultation for the patients and their families.
|Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology||23|
|Department of Digestive Tract and General Surgery||54|
|Department of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic and Pediatric Surgery||15|
|Department of Pulmonary Medicine||39|
|Department of General Thoracic Surgery||40|
|Department of Hematology||43|
|Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology||37|
|Department of Breast Care||40|
|Department of Urology||19|
|Department of Neurosurgery||5|
|Department of Dermatology||7|
|Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology||10|
|Department of Pediatrics||3|
|Department of Neurology||1|
|Total (As of September 2020)||336|
(2) Table 2.2019 results
|Biliary tract cancer and bile duct cancer||289|
|Renal cell cancer||235|
|Uterine body cancer||202|
|Other than malignant tumors||Cases|
|Granulomatosis with polyangiitis/microscopic polyangiitis||37|
|Systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis||28|
|Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura||2|
|Other rheumatic disease||3|
All of our staff are working hard daily to provide safe and high quality medical care for our patients. If you have any questions, please contact the doctor in charge of each department or the Outpatient Chemotherapy Center staff.
Tel. 049-228-3599 (Outpatient Chemotherapy Center reception)
Monday to Saturday (except Sundays, national holidays and Year-end and New Year holidays)
From 8:30 to 17:30