Dr. Tony Back is a medical oncologist who treats patients with colorectal, esophageal, liver, pancreatic, and stomach cancer. In this video, Dr. Back discusses how doctor and patient communication is about creating a treatment alliance and creating a plan that both can move forward together on. When patients are involved with their care, they more closely follow the treatments and cope with them better because they know that they have a role in determining the care plan. Patients assume that when treating cancer they need to seek out the most technical and advanced resources possible. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, we strive to integrate advanced technical resources with the humanistic attributes of being a physician.