Sharing 50 Years History of Women’s Medicine at the CHA Medical Center

Since its opening in 2000, Gynecologic Cancer Center has been dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancers of the female reproductive system, a.k.a. gynecologic cancers, such as cervical, endometrial, ovarian/fallopian tube and peritoneal cancers. The Center is also devoted to developing new diagnostic and treatment techniques in our research efforts. As a leader in the field of gynecologic cancer treatments in the nation, the Center has adopted non-surgical therapies such as the photodynamic therapy (PDT) and hyperthermia treatment for the first time in Korea and will continuously strive to develop new treatments and techniques in this field.

First Introduced PDT and Hyperthermia Treatment to Korea with the Largest No. of the Procedures Performed

The Center is the first in Korea to adopt the photodynamic therapy, which uses a photosensitizer and razer to selectively kill cancer cells, and the hyperthermia treatment which utilizes the feature of cancer cells that they are vulnerable to heat. The surgical team performed the highest number of the procedures in Korea with a wealth of clinical experience. A variety of cutting-edge treatments and techniques adopted and applied here have resulted in improved cancer treatment outcomes, leading other hospitals and clinics to use our treatment approaches.

Personalized the State-of-the-art Cancer Therapies such as Robotic Surgeries

The staff tailors and applies the mistletoe treatment, an immunotherapy, nutritional therapy, which is to inject a high dose of vitamins, and the selenium therapy to individual patients. Thus, patients who came to the center after failing to achieve desired treatment outcomes at other hospitals have showed remarkable prognosis with our personalized treatments.

The robotic surgery using a laparoscope is performed by making a small number of incisions instead of traditional open surgery, resulting in an improved cosmetic result with minimized scars. This high-precision surgery does little damage to normal tissues and allows sophisticated suturing through three layers of the endometrium, myometrium and perimetrium. The robotic surgery is also associated with less pain and blood loss and shorter hospital stays with a much faster recovery. Patients can move around from the next day after the surgery, thereby raising the quality of life of patients.

Cervical and Endometrial Cancer Treatment and Cure Preserving the Potential for Future Fertility

In the case of young women diagnosed with cervical or endometrial cancer, cancer therapies that are performed while preserving the uterus show a very low success rate for now. Also, the application of such treatments is limited to the early stage of the disease, leaving many patients with no other options than hysterectomy. Thus, some women experience a sense of loss of their femininity after hysterectomy. The Gynecologic Cancer Center at CBMC is dedicated to treating cancers completely by applying innovative therapies like PDT to allow fertile patients to have a baby in the future.