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Samsung’s Liver Cancer Center is staffed by more than 30 board certified doctors drawn from a range of departments, including gastroenterology, transplant surgery, hematology, oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, and laboratory medicine. These specialists provide top-class treatment to patients with liver cancer.

Major areas of treatment

Specialty: Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)

Strengths

As a world-class hospital for the surgical treatment of liver cancer, we have shown exceptional medical outcomes:

  • Provides personalized treatment with patient-centric, multidisciplinary approach.
  • Achieved globally exemplary five-year survival rates: 50% between 2005-2009.
  • Performed over 7,6000 radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) since 1999.
  • Achieved excellent survival rates after radiofrequency thermal ablation therapy:
  • Strengths
    Category Year 5-year survival rate 10-year survival rate
    Samsung Medical Center 1999-2011 59.7% 32.3%
  • Improves quality of life through laparoscopy and robot surgery.

Diagnostic methods

The The Liver Cancer Center performs accurate early diagnosis and evaluation to provide successful treatment opportunities to patients:

  • Tumor markers (blood test)
  • Ultrasonography
  • Contrast enhanced ultrasonography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Biopsy

Latest treatment methodst

Along with hepatectomy, liver transplantation, radiofrequency thermal ablation, chemoembolization of the hepatic artery, chemotherapy (targeted therapy), radiosurgery, and radiation therapy, the Samsung Liver Cancer Center has now begun to offer liver cancer cryotherapy.

Recent trends in clinical research

The Liver 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:

  • Liver cancer risk factor model was devised in patients with chronic liver diseases
  • New surveillance program was developed to diagnose early liver cancer
  • Applied optimized and personalized treatment for patients with advanced liver cancer who have low chance of complete remission
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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.