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The experts in the departments of Gastroenterology, Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology at the Severance Hospital of Yonsei University – which have provided best medical services in diagnosing and treating malignancies of pancreas and bile duct – have opened and operated the Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic from May of 2005 in order to provide global level of medical services under the cooperative and organic medical treatment system between related departments, along with the opening of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Center within New Severance Hospital.
From the early time of diagnosing biliary and pancreatic cancers, many patients require cooperative treatment by the departments of internal medicine and surgery together with radiologic intervention therapy. Also for the effective medical treatment, systematic communication and cooperation are essential among various related departments such as those of gastroenterology, surgery, diagnostic radiology (including radiologic intervention team) and radiation oncology. The Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic of Severance Hospital provides rapid and better medical services to patients by using one stop service system while considering the characteristics of patients.
Also, the Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic provides best personal medical services to every pancreaticobillary cancer patient while based on the experience and medical knowledge accumulated up to the present through the weekly conferences participated by the departments related to diagnosing and treating pancreaticobillary cancer. Together with this, our department is operating the conferences at all times in order to provide better treatment methods by sharing latest medical information in diagnosing and treating pancreaticobillary cancer.
The outbreak frequency of pancreatic cancer is rapidly increasing as to take up the 8th position as for the causes of cancer in Korea and biliary cancer is the malignant cancer frequently observed in Korea rather than in the western world. Unfortunately, the treatment result of malignant biliary and pancreatic cancer has not been improved much as compared to the past and most of them are the cases that are impossible to cure completely upon diagnosis. The Pancreaticobillary Cancer Clinic of Severance Hospital makes every possible effort to provide opportunities so that patients can be freed from the pain of malignant cancer by providing more effective medical treatment to the desperate patients of biliary and pancreatic cancer.