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The most important job performed in the Department of Hematology and Oncology is to treat cancer patients with expertise using chemotherapy. As chemotherapeutic agents have many adverse effects, it is important to choose the appropriate drugs in the appropriate amount depending on the type of cancer and treatment goal.

The physicians of the Department of Hematology and Oncology expertly study and analyze standard treatment methods and various clinical trials that are ongoing domestically and internationally to administer the most appropriate chemotherapeutic agents to cancer patients. Surgery and/or radiotherapy can be also performed alongside the chemotherapy. At the Samsung Medical Center, we have organized various specialized centers for different types of cancers, and provide patients with individualized and optimized treatment through multi-modal treatment methods. The physicians of our Department of Hematology and Oncology play an essential role in providing each patient with the most appropriate treatment as members of the specialized care team in the Cancer Center, through organic consultation with the Departments of Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Radiology, using a multi-disciplinary approach.

Strong points

1. Chemotherapy

The most important job in the Department of Hematology and Oncology is to treat cancer with chemotherapy. We choose chemotherapeutic agents and determine their dosage according to the type of cancer, stage, and general status of the patient. During the treatment process, we change the dosage or the chemotherapeutic agent depending on treatment responses and/or adverse effects.
The physicians of the Department of Hematology and Oncology expertly study and analyze standard treatment methods and various clinical trials that are ongoing domestically and internationally to administer the most appropriate chemotherapeutic agents to cancer patients.
Recently, various targeted therapeutic agents have been developed to play an important role in anti-cancer therapy.

2. Clinical trials

Clinical trials are studies to evaluate the efficacy and safety of treatment methods targeting humans, and they are very important in developing new treatment methods for cancer.
Chemotherapeutic agents are developed by investing large amounts of funds and skilled researchers for several years at a time, and these agents can be administered to actual patients only after they are proven effective and safe through the course of a clinical trial.
The physicians of the Department of Hematology and Oncology play an essential role in planning and carrying out new clinical trials with their knowledge and experience of them. Various clinical trials are under way in our hospital.

3. Conservative treatment / Improvement of patient quality of life

The aim of treating cancer lies not only in extending the life span, but also improving the quality of life. We help patients to live their lives with minimal pain by minimizing the adverse effects of chemotherapy and alleviating symptoms of cancer. We co-operate with our home nursing team and the Department of Anesthesiology to minimize the pain of cancer patients.

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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.