Empowering patients and care partners is key to helping them to make informed care decisions. How can experts provide the right information about various options based on what matters most to the patient? Prostate cancer expert Dr. Ronald Chen with the University of Kansas Medical Center shares his approach to empowering patients so they can make the individual decision for them and their family.
Dr. Ronald Chen:
I empower my patients by giving them the necessary information, so that patients and their caregivers are empowered to make the best decision for them. I think for every cancer patient, there’s always a balance that’s struck between how aggressive the treatment should be, and also how important quality of life is to them. And every patient may make a different decision among the different options that are available.
So as a physician, giving patients the right information about the different options and about the implications in terms of side effects and quality of life and survival is so important, so that each patient is empowered to make the individual decision for them and their family.