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More Than Half of Male Cancer Patients Continue to Smoke After Initial Diagnosis

More Than Half of Male Cancer Patients Continue to Smoke After Initial Diagnosis

SEOUL, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of male smokers in South Korea continue to smoke even after being diagnosed with cancer, a recent study has revealed. A research team from the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital studied 15,000 male patients over 40 years of age who were initially diagnosed with cancer between [...]

‘Mooncare’ Encourages More Patients to Visit Large Hospitals for Serious Illness

‘Mooncare’ Encourages More Patients to Visit Large Hospitals for Serious Illness

SEOUL, Jul. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Ever since President Moon Jae-in’s signature health care program came into effect in July 2017, patients suffering from serious illnesses who are receiving treatment at large hospitals have increased in proportion, while these hospitals are now admitting fewer patients with milder illnesses. Rep. Jung Choun-sook of the ruling Democratic [...]

More Patients Choosing to Suspend Life-sustaining Treatment After New Legislation

More Patients Choosing to Suspend Life-sustaining Treatment After New Legislation

SEOUL, Jul. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — In the 12 months since new legislation on life-sustaining treatment came into effect, the percentage of patients deciding to suspend or abort life-sustaining treatment has increased by more than 29 times. A research team led by Prof. Heo Dae-seok at Seoul National University Hospital announced on Tuesday the results [...]

S. Korea to Expand Home Hospice Services for Terminal Patients

S. Korea to Expand Home Hospice Services for Terminal Patients

SEOUL, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The government plans to expand hospice at home services to ensure that patients meet their final moments at home in comfort and dignity. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced a five-year plan on Monday. The government will offer easier access to hospice services for terminal patients. Currently, most [...]

2 in 3 S. Koreans Willing to Donate Organs and Tissue

2 in 3 S. Koreans Willing to Donate Organs and Tissue

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a nationwide online survey with the participation of 1,000 people over 19 years of age, inquiring about their willingness to donate organs and tissue. The results indicated that 7 out of 10 participants were willing to be donors. While most [...]

Health Ministry to Ease Regulation on Ending Life-sustaining Treatment

Health Ministry to Ease Regulation on Ending Life-sustaining Treatment

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s health ministry said Sunday it will ease regulations on ending life-sustaining treatment for terminally ill patients, helping them better prepare for death with dignity. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it will allow patients to end their life-sustaining treatment when approved by the spouse, parents and [...]