Patient-Doctor Perspectives: Shared Decision Making

Join us as we speak with Donnie Hill, a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) / small cell lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) patient and his doctor, James Essell, MD, of Oncology Hematology Care, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. In this episode, Donnie and Dr. Essell discuss the importance of shared decision making (SDM) and how they worked together to determine the best treatment course for Donnie’s CLL/SLL. Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centered healthcare that balances risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values. Be sure to tune into this real-world example of how SDM works and how patients can have open communication with their healthcare team.

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  1. Great information. Love the content. Realized the importance of integrating process of shared decision
    making in so may areas of interacting i successful treatment. Very relatable & humanizing to witness
    the conversation with Dr. Essell & Mr. Hill.

    1. Thank you, Matilda,

      We hope you also take advantage of the immersive SDM program listed in the show notes. This “choose your own journey” program will walk you through a patient scenario for another opportunity to learn effective ways of communicating with your doctor and working together.

  2. Does Waldenstrom’s fall within the category of small cell or chronic lymphocytic leukemia? How would I benefit from listening to this podcast?

    1. Hi Theresa,

      Waldenstrom’s is in the category of indolent NHL types. However, the process of Shared Decision Making is good for patients with all diagnoses. While this podcast episode features a CLL patient, he speaks about how he communicated with his doctor and how they worked together to choose the treatment that was best for him.

  3. I was diagnosed January 12, 2022 with MCL after a routine colonoscopy. I had have no symptoms, have scored low risk and am watching and waiting. I am 72 in excellent health. I have always vigorously exercised and live a very active life. I am soon returning home from a 10 week trip with plans to have a second opinion on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Treatment proposed is B&R. I have utilized many sources of information from LLS. I am still assembling my team. I have lots of questions.

    Thank you for directing me to this program. I expect to decide my plan after considerable study, advice, and reflection. I have a lot to give back to society. This will drive my desire and keep me on track. Now I know I am not alone in how to proceed, how to set goals and continue to live my life after MCL.

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