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Personalized Cancer Care: Power of Doing More or Less

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This conversation explores the concept of doing more or less in cancer treatment and the importance of evidence-based medicine and guidelines. We discuss the need for physicians to keep up with current science. The Choosing Wisely campaign is introduced as a way to de-implement low-value practices. The conversation also highlights the trend of doing less in oncology and the importance of person-centered care. It explores the concepts of precision oncology and personalized healthcare, as well as the importance of partnership and patient engagement in decision-making.


  • Physicians need to keep up with current science and guidelines to provide the best care for their patients.
  • The Choosing Wisely campaign aims to de-implement low-value practices in oncology.
  • There is a trend of doing less in oncology, focusing on precision medicine and personalized healthcare.
  • Palliative care plays a crucial role in improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
  • Effective communication is essential to avoid the nocebo effect and ensure patient understanding and engagement.
  • Partnership and patient engagement are key in providing person-centered care and making shared decisions.

00:39 Keeping up with Current Science and Guidelines
01:39 The Emergence of Evidence-Based Medicine
03:02 The Choosing Wisely campaign
05:28 Balancing Doing More and Doing Less
06:51 The Trend of Doing Less in Oncology
08:51 The Importance of Person-Centered Care
09:16 Precision Oncology and Personalized Healthcare
11:07 The Role of Palliative Care
14:23 The Importance of Shared Decision-Making
15:04 Precision Oncology vs Personalized Healthcare
18:13 The Importance of Communication and Avoiding the Nocebo Effect
19:43 The Importance of Palliative Care
24:42 Avoiding the Nocebo Effect in Communication
28:32 The Importance of Partnership and Patient Engagement
32:41 Conclusion

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Dr. Wayne Jonas is a board-certified physician and Dr. Alyssa McManamon is a triple-board certified hematologist/oncologist. The opinions expressed on this show are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of their places of employment, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the United States government. The opinions expressed on this podcast are meant for entertainment and education and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor should they be used as a substitute for medical advice from a qualified, board-certified practicing clinician. Dr. Wayne Jonas and Dr. Alyssa McManamon have no relevant financial disclosures.

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