Improving Cancer Care at Home and Nationwide
Renowned medical oncologist and hematologist Peter P. Yu, M.D., director of cancer research at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is helping expand PAMF’s reach nationally and globally. The timing coincides with the opening of PAMF’s Paul L. Locatelli Center for Cancer and Primary Care, which serves patients in the communities of the Midpeninsula.
Dr. Yu’s peers across the nation recently elected him president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the leading professional organization for physicians who care for people with cancer. In this prestigious position, Dr. Yu will help lead cancer care nationwide. He will work with some of the world’s most talented specialists and share that knowledge with patients here at PAMF.
"The pace of change in cancer care is staggering," Dr. Yu says. "Patients depend on us to know all the options and to help them choose the ones that fit their personal values." Dr. Yu’s work with ASCO will allow him to stay on top of the latest advances and to "see into the future—in federal policy, what’s happening at other centers, and the work being done internationally," he says.
"Bringing that perspective back to patients at PAMF is a remarkable opportunity."
It will also be a two-way opportunity, in that Dr. Yu will be able to share PAMF’s approach with a national audience. "PAMF is unique," Dr. Yu says. "Through ASCO I can show others how we take care of patients: our teamwork, our collaborations with the PAMF Research Institute, our innovations in information technology.
"We learn quickly. PAMF physicians are encouraged to put their own spin on innovation, so we can evaluate variations and quickly adopt the approach that works best. ASCO is committed to promoting this rapid style of learning, which is one of PAMF’s great strengths, in order to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer. It’s incredibly rewarding to be part of this organization right now."