Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Toyoshi Hosokawa, President

Great advances in biomedicine in the latter half of the 20th century made a significant contribution to the fields of modern medicine and welfare. In the cancer field especially, progress in basic medicine and also in clinical medicine have meant a considerable improvement in treatment results. Despite these advances, it is still a reality that many cancer patients continue to go through total suffering. Under such circumstances, Palliative Medicine, which aims to improve the quality of life (QOL) of patients, is being established in overseas countries.

However, not enough has been done to establish Palliative Medicine in Japan. We therefore founded the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine in 1996, in order to establish Palliative Medicine as a concept that comprehensively encompasses specialized fields of medicine and welfare. Toward QOL improvement, the Society is dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary and scientific study to develop Palliative Medicine, so as to contribute to society through the practice and education of Palliative Medicine. Additionally, by obtaining corporate status based on the Law to Promote Specified Nonprofit Activities, the Society will further strengthen its ongoing activities and cooperate with other related academic societies, study groups and various organizations in Japan and abroad. Through such efforts, the Society intends to facilitate advancement and promotion of Palliative Medicine, thereby contributing to the development of medicine and welfare.


Non profit organization (NPO)
Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine Secretariat

1-4-8 Nichiei Bldg. 603B, Tosabori, Nishi-ku,
Osaka 550-0001, Japan

PHONE : +81-6-6479-1031 / FAX : +81-6-6479-1032
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