Philippine Society of Medical Oncology

Medical Group

Eulogio Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Unit 1418, 4th Floor, North Tower Cathedral Heights Building, Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City, 1800, Philippines



The Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO) is one with other medical societies in the care of cancer patients and their families in recognizing that cancer is a devastating illness and one that is difficult to treat, much less cure, even with the most advanced medicines, the best trained doctors and the state of the art facilities.

For the utmost benefit of the patient. This is the basic tenet used in any medical intervention. The intricacies of cancer treatment are such that two things are absolutely necessary for the patient to receive the best possible care and for no unnecessary harm to come to the patient:

1) Multidisciplinary team approach

2) Patient education and participation in weighing the risks versus benefits and choosing among the treatment options

For a doctor to treat a cancer patient without the patient being fully informed is to do more harm than good. And yet because of the nature of cancer as a disease, as well as the nature of it’s treatment (with surgery, radiotherapy, drug therapy) patients undergoing any or all of these treatment modalities can get worse before they can get better. Taking all these into consideration, who decides what are the best treatment options to offer a patient? A multidisciplinary team of experts. At the minimum, surgical advise must come from the surgeon; radiotherapy advise from the radio-oncologist; and drug/chemotherapy advise from the medical oncologist. Who then decides which of the best treatment options to choose? An empowered patient.

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