Institute for Innovative Cancer Medicine was established by the launch of Cancer Center in 2008 and innovative research & development of cancer in April 2013.
We try to increase survival rate of cancer so that Samsung Comprehensive Cancer Center can be one of the best Cancer Center in the world. Institute for Innovative Cancer Medicine is divided into 3 centers and 1 data team such as Center of Novel Experimental Therapeutics(NEXT), Center of Clinical and Translational Cancer Research(CTCR), Center of Cancer Companion Diagnosis(CTCR) and 1 data team called Cancer Data and Epidemiology Team.

We are working on comprehensive tasks not only diagnosis, clinical/preclinical trials but data management. In addition, various researches and developments are now in the progress such things as development of postoperative recurrence prediction model and biomarker, Research and support of personalized therapy connecting to medical process, and development of personalized diagnostic kit in accordance with gene expression and mutation etc. In 2014, we took another step towards personalized therapy via clinical trial such as application of personalized targeted therapy based on genome analysis of patient with metastatic gastric cancer for the first time in South Korea. Moreover, we have an opportunity to make more and more patients receive next generation therapy through the partnership with pharmaceutical company. We try to do our best to be a global leader in the field of cancer through innovative diagnosis of cancer and research of therapy within 2020.

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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.


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.