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The Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the Samsung Medical Center is actively introducing up-to-date medical knowledge to maximize treatment effects based on standardized treatment protocols, and at the same time is providing patient-centered medical care to increase the quality of life and patient treatment satisfaction.

Department of Breast Surgery

Major activities

1. Department of Breast Surgery

  • Breast cancer screening : We provide screening for breast cancer in affiliation with the national health screening program or for breast nodules and calcifications found in screen ing performed at primary hospitals.
  • Benign breast diseases : We provide accurate diagnosis for symptoms related to the breast and prevent unnecessary treatment. We perform tumor excision using the mammo tome to minimize scars and for safe excision considering aesthetic results, if necessary.
  • Breast cancer :
    • ① To increase the safe performing of breast conserving surgery, we accurately find out whether the tumor is multi-focal or if the range of the tumor is wide using various tests, and perform breast- conserving surgery whenever possible.
    • ② To prevent complications such as lymphedema or paresthesia from axillary lymph node dissection,we performed the first sentinel lymph node biopsy in 2001, and we perform sentinel lymph node biopsies in all cases where axillary lymph node metastasis is not suspected.
    • ③ In most of the surgery for breast cancer, we perform oncoplastic surgery not only for oncologic safety but also for aesthetic satisfaction, and when radical excision is per formed we actively perform concomitant breast reconstructions.
    • ④ For the quality of life of younger breast cancer patients under the age of 40, which shows a high rate in Korea, we have opened a Young Breast Cancer Clinic to provide rapid pre-operative testing and simultaneous medical care from multiple fields to improve quality of life after treatment.
    • ⑤ For the quality of life of breast cancer patients after complete cure, we run a lifetime health clinic.
    • ⑥ We also actively participate in domestic and international clinical research to provide the latest treatments for patients.

Department of Thyroid-Endocrine Surgery

This is a sub-division of the Department of General Surgery where we diagnose and treat dysfunctions, benign tumors, and malignant tumors of hormone-secreting organs, such as the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland.

Major activities

  • Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer
  • Surgical excision for hyperthyroidism
  • Minimal incision surgery for benign tumors of the thyroid
  • Thyroid endoscopic robotic surgery: thyroidectomy is performed through an incision in the axilla, with no incision in the neck region
  • Surgery for hyperparathyroidism and benign tumors of the parathyroid
  • Laparoscopic surgery for functional tumors (Cushing’s syndrome, hyperaldosteronism, pheochromocytoma) and other tumors of the adrenal gland
  • Surgical excision of lymphatic metastases in the neck, axillary, and inguinal regions
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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.