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Shared decision making in oncology


Shared decision making in oncology

25 May 2022
Advanced Cancer Treatments
Shared decision making in oncology
Shared decision making (SDM) should be a fundamental part of compassionate modern healthcare. Increasing oncological treatment complexity makes information sharing more difficult. Therapeutic 'success' in oncology is often based on surrogates such as Progression Free Survival which have little meaning for people living with cancer. Helping people living with cancer to successfully share their priorities and ambitions for treatment can also be challenging. SDM is now supported by new NICE guidelines and guides from the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and the Patients Association. We will review the SDM guidance in the context of modern oncology, review relevant SDM tools and discuss how clinical teams can increase SDM in their practice.
Richard Simcock, National Clinical Advisor - Macmillan Cancer Support