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At the Breast Cancer Center, we strive to increase survival rates through early diagnosis and effective treatment of breast cancer. To do this, we have established strong cooperation between the departments of breast surgery, hematology and oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, laboratory medicine, plastic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and nutrition. To improve patients’ quality of life and facilitate a smooth return to normal social life, we offer support services through the department of psychology, the cancer education center, the social work office, and a range of regional hospitals.

Major areas of treatment

Specialties: Recurrent/metastatic/intractable breast cancer, hereditary breast cancer, breast cancer in young women, breast cancer in pregnancy, male breast cancer, and benign breast disorders
Target: Patients under 40 years of age with breast cancer / Pregnant women with breast cancer (includes patients within 1 year of birth regardless of age)

Strengths

At Samsung’s Breast Cancer Center we treat around 2,000 patients annually, treating more than 15,000 patients to date. All treatments are patient-centric and rely on strong interdepartmental (multidisciplinary) cooperation to achieve the best results. To optimize patient prognosis and recovery, we provide not only international sanctioned treatments that meet or exceed global health standards, but we also participate in various multinational clinical studies. Respecting the special significance the breast has for many women, we also do everything within our ability to preserve or reconstruct the aesthetic appearance of the breast after treatment in order to make the patient’s social and psychological recovery from surgery as seamless as possible.

Diagnostic methods

Breast cancer is usually diagnosed by performing through a biopsy—either by needle aspiration, core biopsy, or mammotome—of suspicious lesions found during a mammogram or ultrasound. After diagnosis, our doctors perform a breast MRI to check for additional lesions. Whole body tests are then done to check for metastases in other organs. Depending on the results, the doctors and patient come to a decision regarding surgical methods and whether to perform preoperative chemotherapy.

Latest treatment methods

  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Personalized treatment (cancer scan, AVATAR mouse)
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy (radioisostope, biopigment, fluorescent dye)
  • Application of state-of-the-art chemotherapy and other anti-cancer therapies (targeted therapy Herceptin)
  • Multinational clinical trials

Recent trends in clinical research

The Breast Cancer Center is playing a leading role in multi-institutional domestic and international clinical studies in all fields of treatment for breast cancer. The following is a list of recent studies conducted by our staff and faculty:

  • A study on personalized treatment using genome analysis.
  • A study on breast cancer genes (BRCA 1, BRCA2) in young breast cancer patients
  • A genetic study on triple-negative breast cancer patients
  • A treatment study on HER2-positive breast cancer patients
  • A treatment study on hormone receptors
  • A study on anti-hormonal therapy before and after menopause
  • A study on anti-hormonal agents, up-to-date chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiotherapy
  • A study on the treatment of early and advanced breast cancer

Other resources

We regularly host a general meeting through our online community in order to answer questions related to our patients’ adjustment after surgery and return to normal life. We are also trying to relieve our patients' concerns in order to create an ideal environment for treatment and care.

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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.