Dr Peter P. Yu on Supporting Shared Decision Making

Supporting shared decision making between cancer patients and oncologists starts with an understanding of what the physician's role is, explained Peter P. Yu, MD, FACP, FASCP, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and director of cancer research at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

director of cancer research at Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Supporting shared decision making between cancer patients and oncologists starts with an understanding of what the physician's role is, explained Peter P. Yu, MD, FACP, FASCP, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and . Personally, Dr Yu views himself as a guide.

During their cancer journey, each patient has choices to make in terms of treatment and the oncologist's role is to help with the decision. In addition to offering his own personal preference, it's important to provide alternate options, he said.

"You can't [help the patient make the best choice for them] if the patient doesn't understand what their values are," Dr Yu said. "So that requires some exploration.