How can cancer experts help empower patients? Expert Dr. Sameh Gaballa from Moffitt Cancer Center shares his perspective about the role of physicians and why patient empowerment is essential in shared decision-making for treatment.
Dr. Sameh Gaballa:
So our role as physicians is really we have to put in front of the patient and also the referring physicians all the information and all the options. And at the end of the day, it’s really the patient’s choice. But our role is to try to walk them through it so that they have the…all the information and all the tools they need to make the right decision for themselves. Because not every patient is going to be the same. There’s always going to be other factors that we have to consider that the patient would really be the one that knows about them so social issues or someone who travels a lot or a caregiver situation.
So all these things, because we’re dealing with human beings at the end. So when we’re trying…we have to assess the whole patient’s situation, not just medically, but also from all other aspects to arrive at the correct decision. And again, at the end of the day, it’s really the patient’s decision to make the call. And we, again, we try to educate them on all the treatment options and all the data, so they really know why, what our recommendation is stemming out from.