Head and Neck Cancer Center Faculty / Medical Staff >

Samsung’s Head and Neck Cancer Center works in conjunction with the departments of Head and Neck-Thyroid Surgery, Hemato-Oncology and Radiation Oncology. Depending on the location and scope of surgery, faculty members from the departments of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Surgery and Ophthalmology may also participate in the treatment of patients suffering from head and neck cancer. In addition, the Radiology, Pathology and Nuclear Medicine Departments assist with diagnosis evaluation and prosthetic dentistry, deglutition and speech therapy, anesthesia and pain medicine, rehabilitation medicine, and nutrition. In addition, nurses specialized in head and neck cooperate closely with or center to enhance patients’ quality of life.

Major areas of treatment

Specialties: intraoral cancer, salivary gland cancer, pharyngeal cancer, laryngeal cancer, thyroid cancer, nasal cavity cancer, paranasal sinus cancer, neck cancer, brain base cancer, sarcomas, melanomas, and skin cancer.

Strengths

As a world-class hospital for the surgical treatment of head and neck cancer, we have a track record of exceptional healthcare outcomes:

  • Face-to-face multidisciplinary treatment: Head and neck cancer patients with difficulties in therapeutic decision making
  • Molecular targeted therapy, gamma knife, proton therapy
  • We perform minimally invasive surgeries such as robot surgery, endoscopy, and laser surgery.
  • Advanced and internationalized global standard clinical trial system

Diagnostic methods

    As a world-class hospital for the surgical treatment of head and neck cancer, we have a track record of exceptional healthcare outcomes:

  • Physical exmination and history taking
  • Biopsy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography-CT (PET-CT)
  • Bone scan
  • Molecular analysis
  • Genes and tumor markers

Latest treatment methods

Diagnostic methods
Surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery using laser, endoscopy, and robotic equipment
  • Partial excision to optimize preservation of function and quality of life
  • Concomitant reconstructive plastic surgery using free flaps
  • Precise excision and reconstruction using 3D printing technology
  • Treatment of lymphatic metastases through sentinel lymph node biopsy and excision
Radiotherapy
  • 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT, tomotherapy)
  • Brachytherapy, total body irradiation
  • Proton therapy
Chemotherapy and targeted therapy
  • Up-to-date chemotherapy
  • Up-to-date targeted therapy
  • Multinational clinical trial therapy using various drugs

Recent trends in clinical research

The Head and Neck Cancer Center is playing a leading role in multi-institutional domestic and international clinical studies. The following is a list of recent studies conducted by our staff and faculty:

The following is a list of recent studies conducted by our staff and faculty:

  • Research on the mechanisms of lymphatic metastases in intraoral cancer and its treatment methods
  • Molecular genetic studies on salivary cancers
  • Research on dendritic cell and NK cell immunotherapy for early metastatic cancer
  • Molecular genetic research on lymphatic and whole body metastases of thyroid cancer
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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