Gastric Cancer Center

Gastric Cancer Center is staffed with faculty members and a coordinator from the department of Surgery, Gastroenterology, Hematology and Oncology, Radiation oncology, Radiology and Pathology, all of which are related to stomach cancer care. Our faculty members cooperate according to the unique roles played by the departments related to the diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer. To provide swift and comprehensive care, the Center adopts a variety of treatment methods including laparoscopic gastrectomy, robotic surgery, endoscopic submucosal dissection, and new chemo and radiotherapies.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

  • Gastric cancer
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor

Strong points

  • ZERO mortality rate within 30 days after surgery
  • ‘One Day’ program

Under this program, patients with progressive gastric cancer cancerwho are referred by our partner clinics can receive exams, diagnoses, and surgery dates on just a single visit. This program aims to provide quick diagnoses and treatment for progressive gastric cancer cancerpatients, which guarantees optimal care and great satisfaction among the patients and their families by reducing anxiety. We do our best to assign the earliest possible surgery dates, and when anticancer therapies are considered necessary, specialists in diverse disciplines join and discuss the best possible regimen.

Diagnostic tests

Gastroscopy, abdominal CT (stomach imaging and virtual gastroscopy), PET, blood testing, thoracic imaging, physiological tests, ultrasonography, MRI, etc.

Latest treatment methods

Surgery is the most fundamental treatment and performed in the form of laparotomy, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery. Fully set up with gastric cancer experts, operating rooms for laparoscopic and robotic surgery and multi-disciplinary operations, a dedicated ward, and a multi-disciplinary system, the Center boasts solid treatment outcomes as well as growing number of surgery.
Endoscopic submucosal dissection is well recognized as a standard treatment for precancerous lesions like gastric adenoma and early-stage stomach cancer whose lesions are small and well differentiated.
We also provide post-surgery adjuvant chemo and radiotherapies as well as diverse conventional therapies against progressive or relapsing stomach cancer to improve the survival rate and the patients’ quality of life. At the same time, we perform a wide range of clinical research to help chart a future direction of cancer treatment.

Recent trends in clinical research

Thanks to a recent advance in molecular biology and oncology, blanket application of chemotherapy to every patient and type is no longer recommended. Now, there is a growing demand for personalized therapies based on patients’ genomic information, namely their individual genomic mutations. We can expect much better results by sorting out patients who may respond to targeted molecular agents.
This targeted therapy has been actively studied for stomach cancer, too, and it has been tested to combine conventional chemotherapies with the targeted agents such as angiogenesis inhibitors and epidermal growth factor inhibitors. According to a recent study, it has been noted that progressive stomach cancer patients who were identified with over-expression or amplification of the HER2 gene showed significantly improved outcomes after treated with Herceptin in addition to conventional chemotherapies. Therefore, the targeted combination of Herceptin and conventional anticancer agents is currently considered a standard.

More information

Gastric Cancer Center operates a variety of programs that enhance the quality of life for gastric cancer patients and their families. In addition, we are publishing and distributing gastric cancer information booklets so that we can answer some of the questions asked by gastric cancer patients and to help patients resolve and settle any confusions. We routinely conduct education programs for gastric cancer patients to answer their questions. We are running an Internet community for gastric cancer patients to help our patients manage their daily lives and exchange accurate information. We also have a gastric cancer mentoring program where patients recently diagnosed with gastric cancer get help from those who have been suffering from the same disease for a longer period.

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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.

Patients’Responsibilities

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.