Radiation oncology is a specialty of medicine that involves the therapeutic applications of ionizing radiation to treat disease, especially cancers.
As it entails knowledge of physics and biology, radiation oncology is comprised of three divisions: Radiation Therapy, Radiation Biology, and Radiation Physics.
Radiation therapy (or radiotherapy) is a clinical modality that uses various forms of ionizing radiation in the treatment of patients with cancer. Radiation therapy seeks to eradicate or shrink the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from radiation damage.
As it is one of the three major anti-cancer therapies, radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and/or biologic therapy to cure or alleviate cancer. Radiation therapy can be applied against cancers that occur in almost any area of the body - the central nervous system, head and neck, thorax, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, gynecology, hematology, bone and soft tissue, pediatric, metastasis, etc. Occasionally, radiation therapy may also be applied non cancerous conditions such as thyroid-associated orbitopathy, hypertrophic scar, arterio-venous malformation, heterotopic ossification, etc.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Asan Medical Center is nationally renowned for providing the highest level of treatment and care to cancer patients. Specially trained board certified radiation oncologists offer a wide range of radiation therapy that includes the most advanced forms of treatment. Faculty members participate in the activities of the Asan Cancer Center where patients' evaluation and treatment are now performed by multidisciplinary teams organized according to cancer diagnosis.
Committed to the practice of evidence - based medicine, the Cancer Center team is continually finding new and better treatment options to improve the treatment outcomes of cancer patients.
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AMC Lung Cancer Center is different. We allow patients to receive fast diagnosis and best medical services as quickly as possible. We draw up treatment plans and schedules to allow patients to get diagnosis and medical care as soon as possible through specialists’ consultations and coordinators’ counseling service.
Specialists in the fields related to stomach cancer such as stomach surgery, gastroenterology, oncology, radiology, and pathology as well as nurse practitioners always make efforts to improve the results of cancer treatment by offering accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for each patient, reporting postoperative progress, and performing additional treatment through complementary and coordinated cooperation.
AMC Colorectal Cancer Center improves the prognosis of patients through a multidisciplinary system and integrated treatment to provide best treatment by embracing various opinions of specialists from relevant departments on liver metastasis that often occurs in colorectal cancers, lung metastasis, and locally recurrent cancers such as intractable colorectal cancer.
For the last two decades, AMC Breast Cancer Center has shown excellent treatment results of breast cancer with 89.3% of five-year survival rates of patients with all-stage cancers between 1989 and 2008 while 91.9% of five-year survival rates in all patients between 2003 and 2008, which is a 20% improvement of survival rates in 15 years.
AMC Liver Cancer Center established a systematic treatment system that allows liver cancer patients to receive optimal treatment in the best medical environment by ▲improving medical treatment of liver cancer patients ▲streamlining a surgery-related process and the use of surgical skills ▲reinforcing cooperation among departments, and ▲promoting a regular meeting and study for multidisciplinary treatment, and carry out high-quality researches.
AMC Head and Neck Cancer Center runs a clinic for one-stop treatment and clinical research to provide professional consultations on surgical treatment, radiotherapy, drug therapy, how to improve lifestyles including a dietary life, and how to care for complications after surgery and radiotherapy.
AMC Gynecologic Cancer Center provides specialized diagnosis, treatment, and care of cancers that occur in the internal and external genital organs (carcinomas) and premalignant lesion, and performs the largest number of high-quality treatment and surgeries.
Around 2,000 first-visit patients with biliary tract and pancreatic cancer visit AMC and more than 800 surgeries for the cancer are performed every year. The number of outpatients has even doubled in five years.
The AMC Cancer Institute has Korea’s first integrated treatment system that determines the best and optimal treatment for each patient through cooperation among the Department of Urology that offers specialized surgical treatments depending on the type of cancer; the Department of Oncology that performs pre-/post-operative palliative chemotherapy; the Department of Radiation Oncology that implements radical, adjuvant, or palliative radiation therapy; the Department of Radiology that takes a biopsy...
AMC Bone & Soft Tissue Sarcoma Center has a collaboration system that allows specialists of the departments of orthopedic surgery, oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and radiology with sufficient clinical experience and expertise to discuss together on how to decide the best treatment option for each patient.
At the Skin Cancer Center, a biopsy is taken on the same day when patients visit after consulting with specialists and coordinators and cooperation between specialists in dermatopathology and pathology provides the fastest and most accurate diagnosis.
To boost the treatment and research activities, the Center for Precision Cancer Medicine shares patient treatment cases through the Molecular Tumor Board that was built for the first time in Korea in 2015 in cooperation with medical professionals of the Departments of Oncology, Pathology, and Biomedical Informatics, the Clinical Trial Center, and the ASAN-CCGD. The Center for...
The Pituitary Clinic at Asan Medical Center offers fast-track services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with pituitary disorders. Specialists in endocrinology and metabolism, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology collaborate in sharing opinions to accurately and rapidly decide on optimal therapy and to treat the patients accordingly.