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Colorectal Cancer Center

Colorectal Cancer Center of Seoul National University Cancer Hospital (SNUCH)

We seek to maximize the therapeutic benefits for colorectal cancer patients through organized collaboration between the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Hemato Oncology, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology medical staff who have abundant clinical experience, professional knowledge, and skills. In addition, we are leading clinical trials at home and abroad, lead basic research and act as a global leader in colorectal cancer treatment and research.

 

Specialized in Multidisciplinary Treatment with Best medical staff

Our full clinical and research capabilities are focused on a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of advanced rectal cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, and recurrent colorectal cancer, the most difficult of the colorectal cancers to treat. Among these, for the treatment of locally advanced rectal cancer, chemotherapy is performed before surgery to minimize the local recurrence rate and maximize the preservation of the anal sphincter. For metastatic colorectal cancer and recurrent colorectal cancer, we have pursued a multidisciplinary approach to surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy or neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, which has allowed us to obtain unexpectedly excellent treatment results.

 

We aim for accurate diagnosis and optimal personalized treatment

When treating colorectal cancer, it is essential to accurately identify the stage of the cancer before treatment. To this end, diagnosis is systematically and professionally performed by professors from the Department of Gastroenterology, Radiology, Pathology, and nuclear medicine in charge of colorectal cancer. Based on this diagnosis, we provide the best personalized treatment to individual patients through a weekly multidisciplinary colorectal cancer team conference. Endoscopic ablation is actively performed for early colon cancer. Moreover, other surgical treatments, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, single port laparoscopic surgery, and open surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, are implemented according to the patient’s condition.

 

We think about the patient’s life after surgery

The Colorectal Cancer Center is equipped with an anorectal physiologic testing instrument to evaluate the rectal anal function of patients, and seeks to improve rectal anal function through biofeedback therapy, proper drug therapy, and patient education. After surgery, some patients experience a temporary or permanent stoma. To improve the quality of life of these patients, two nurses with Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification have provided ostomy management and training, and we have achieved a high response and satisfaction from patients as a result.

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