Uncommon Cancer Center

To lead uncommon cancer treatment, Uncommon cancer Center at SMC operates the Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET) Clinic. The Clinic brings together specialists in hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery, radiation oncology, and radiology under its multi-disciplinary system to provide accurate diagnoses and regimens along with quick treatment. To help palliate symptoms and improve our patients’ quality of life, we cooperate with other specialized clinics and deliver diet, stress, and pain management services.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

Neuroendocrine tumors

Diagnostic tests

We conduct hormone and urine (5-HIAA) tests, imaging (e.g. CT, MRI, PET, Octreoscan, etc.) and biopsies.

Latest treatment methods

The primary treatment for NETs is radical resection. Depending on individual conditions, it is combined with targeted therapies and chemotherapies using octreotide, lanreotide, pasireotide, interfereon-α, everolimus, and sunitinib. In case of liver metastasis, transcathter arterial chemoembolization or radiation therapies may be considered. Recently, the latest drugs are also adopted to treat NETs as part of clinical trials.

Recent trends in clinical research

NETs are very rare and intractable. Still, the patients can enjoy a longer life when they are properly and actively treated with radical resection by skilled doctors, a variety of newly approved drugs, and palliative care.

Our center is the only institute in Korea dedicated to uncommon cancer research and treatment. To lay the foundation of NET treatment, we are focusing on clinical and translational research of new medicine, targeted agents, and medical procedures.

Depending on the location and the pathological and molecular characters, NETs develop differently and thus, should be treated differently. To find appropriate treatment for each unique condition, research is extensively conducted.

Here in the NET Clinic, we also carry out research actively to adopt the best treatment for each patient.

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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.