Sam Yong Kim

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Chemotherapy represents a palliative treatment, with poor response rates and a median survival of less than 6 months in patients with biliary tract cancers (BTCs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the combination chemotherapy with gemcitabine and oxaliplatin (GEMOX) in patients with BTCs including gall bladder cancer. We(More)
BACKGROUND Whereas most studies have focused on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, few have dealt comprehensively with other critical interventions administered at the end of life. We surveyed cancer patients, family caregivers, oncologists and members of the general public to determine their attitudes toward such interventions. METHODS We(More)
CONTEXT In Korea, many health care professionals have shown increased concern about the management of cancer pain. Five years after a pain management guideline was distributed to Korean physicians, the Korean Society of Hospice and Palliative Care evaluated the change in cancer pain management. The period evaluated was between 2001 and 2006. METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE We tested whether a decision aid explaining how to discuss the approach of death with a family member with cancer would help family caregivers decide to discuss a terminal prognosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS We randomly assigned caregivers of terminally ill patients with cancer to a group that received a video and a companion workbook that showed(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate Korean attitudes toward advance directives (ADs) among cancer patients, family caregivers, oncologists, and the general public. A multicenter survey study explored the attitudes of participants to ADs, and hospice–palliative care (HPC) was conducted. A total of 1,242 cancer patients, 1,289 family caregivers, 303(More)
Thymidylate synthase (TS) gene polymorphisms such as tandem repeat (TR) polymorphisms and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) affect transcriptional efficiency of the TS gene and may be prognostic markers for fluoropyrimidine-based therapy in various gastrointestinal cancers. However, data for TS polymorphisms on clinical outcomes in advanced small bowel(More)
Appropriate pain assessment is very important for managing cancer pain. This study was designed to evaluate the utility of the Korean Cancer Pain Assessment Tool (KCPAT) by assessing changes in the management of cancer pain. The changes in pain intensity, the pattern of drug prescriptions, and the patients' satisfaction with pain control were analyzed after(More)
BACKGROUND Although caregiving to patients with terminal illness is known to be a stressful burden to family members, little attention has been focused on work-related problems. We aimed to investigate employment status and work-related difficulties of family caregivers of terminal cancer patients, comparing with the general population. METHODS Using(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and quality of care (QoC) as perceived by terminally ill cancer patients and a stratified set of HRQoL or QoC factors that are most likely to influence survival at the end of life (EoL). METHOD We administered questionnaires to 619 consecutive patients immediately after they(More)
We conducted a placebo-controlled, single-blind study to determine the efficacy of a local preoperative injection of a steroid/anesthetic combination in preventing post-tonsillectomy pain. We randomized 21 adults to receive either triamcinolone/bupivacaine on the left side and saline on the right or vice versa. Injections were administered in the area of(More)