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Bridge the deep chasm between patients with cancer and palliative care in Japan
  1. Kazuhiro Kosugi1,
  2. Kenji Tsuda2,
  3. Asaka Higuchi3,
  4. Jinichi Mori4 and
  5. Tetsuya Tanimoto5
  1. 1Department of Palliative Care, Kawasaki Municipal Ida Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan
  2. 2Department of Hematology and Rheumatology, Teikyo University Chiba Medical Center, Chiba, Japan
  3. 3Department of Hematology, Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  4. 4Department of Hematology, Jyoban Hospital of Tokiwa Foundation, Fukushima, Japan
  5. 5Department of Internal Medicine, Navitas Clinic, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kazuhiro Kosugi, Department of Palliative Care, Kawasaki Municipal Ida Hospital, 2-27-1 Ida Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa-Pref 211-0035, Japan; kanabunapapa{at}gmail.com

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Patients with incurable diseases often crave for various unproven cell therapies worldwide.1 In Japan, after induced pluripotent stem cells were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012, the government has vigorously supported the development of potential clinical application of cell therapies, resulting larger-than-life hype and hope among the public. Aside from legitimate clinical trials, many for-profit clinics offer unproven cell-based procedures, with more than half of indication for advanced cancer.2 They often advertise online to draw patients' attention, promising effectiveness that have little …

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