CAR T-Cell Therapy Center

2021.10.12  39


CAR T-cell Therapy Center at Samsung Medical Center is the only institution in Korea that performs CAR T-cell therapy. For the first time in Korea, the procedure has been completed on 11 patients with refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and about 20 patients are waiting for treatment by the end of this year.


Currently, the CAR T-cell Therapy Center offers Novartis' Kymriah CAR T-cell therapy to patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients who are under the age of 25. In addition, clinical trials for CRCO1 developed by a Korean company (Curocell) are underway for patients with refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Furthermore, being known as the CAR T-cell Therapy hub in Korea, clinical trials for CAR T-cell therapy developed by Janssen are also in progress for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.


CAR T-cell treatment requires collaboration with various departments within the hospital prior to the start of treatment. Specifically, numerous experts in related fields such as infectious disease, neurology, cardiology, and intensive care participates in the comprehensive management post treatment.


The CAR T-cell therapy center is currently participating in the “Research-oriented Hospital R&D Project” by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and is expected to become a cell therapy center that leads high-level cell therapy and patient-specific treatment for hematological oncology patients.


Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.


1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.