PREPARED PATIENT BLOG

Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

Don S. Dizon, M.D. is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of women with cancer. He has interests in both novel treatment strategies and cancer survivorship, particularly as it relates to the sexual health of female cancer survivors. He sees patients in the Division of Medical Gynecologic Oncology at the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Deputy Editor of Oncology at UpToDate. Dr. Dizon is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), where he is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Integrated Media and Technology Committee. He is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Dizon blogs at ASCO Connection, where this post originally appeared.


Shared Decision Making: Blending Beliefs and Attitudes With Evidence

Don S. Dizon | April 7, 2014
My patient, Mary, was a 28-year-old woman who had completed chemotherapy for stage II breast cancer. After discussing surveillance, frequency of follow-up and ASCO guidelines, I recommended against further testing or imaging. Mary was well aware of the evidence, but she had different plans...

Guest Blog: Stilettos and Chemotherapy: An Oncologist Reflects on Patient Autonomy

Don S. Dizon | September 17, 2012
I was offering a drug that could help stop the cancer in its tracks; it could prolong her life. And yet, instead of taking my advice, she had rejected it. Why?