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This study explored stage IV cancer patients’ preferences for a IV or oral chemotherapy and the related decision-making process. We adopted a non-medical perspective focused on patients’ quality of life and social needs. Findings from this study can help physicians (especially oncologists) to provide a patient-centered care. The study focused on patients receiving cancer care in Ticino, Switzerland. Patients with metastatic lung or breast cancer were invited by their oncologists to take part in the study. A total of 16 in-depth interviews were conducted and data were analyzed through thematic framework analysis. When expressing a preference for a specific treatment administration methods, patients consider their previous experience, their relationship with the oncologists, and their social networks. Communication was essential during the whole cancer care experience. No unilateral preference treatment administration method was identified. The study also identified some concrete issues experienced by patients. Patients’ trust in their oncologists followed by hope for a good quality of life were the most dominant themes.