Sixty percent of cancer in the U.S. occurs in persons over 65, and the risk of developing cancer increases with age. Additionally, treating cancer in patients who are age 65 and older and have other acute or chronic diseases is particularly challenging.
The Senior Adult Oncology Center, part of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, has the multidisciplinary expertise to meet those challenges. From geriatricians (physicians who specialize in treating the elderly), medical, surgical and radiation oncologists to nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and social workers, we have the specialized expertise to work with older adults and their treating oncologists.
Our team can provide you and your referring physician with a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan, a second opinion or advice on a particular problem related to cancer and aging. And, we can see you at either Jefferson University Hospital in Center City or Jefferson's Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia – whichever location is more convenient for you.
Providing Customized Cancer Care – and More – to Seniors
Your treatment plan will will take into consideration your risks and potential for complications. We will share your treatment plan with your primary care physician and/or oncologist. A nurse will coordinate your team and help navigate you through the assessment and serves as a point of contact during your care.
If you plan on receiving your care closer to home, our physicians will work closely with your healthcare providers to deliver treatment in your own community.
What Is a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment?
A comprehensive geriatric oncology assessment is done to identify possible problem areas related to the cancer and other issues related to aging. The goal is to determine a personalized and therapeutic treatment plan that is acceptable to you, ensuring your autonomy, dignity and quality of life.
A comprehensive geriatric oncology assessment can be done in most instances in one day. Here is what to expect:
- A geriatrician will carefully screen for other diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular problems, kidney disease, dementia, depression, anemia, diabetes, osteoporosis, malnutrition and others.
- An oncologist will provide an expert opinion confirming the cancer, disease stage and treatment options.
- A pharmacist will review your list of medications for possible dangerous drug interactions and any potential issues that adding chemotherapy (drugs used to treat cancer) may present.
- Social workers will provide counseling and support to you, your family and caregivers and assist with referrals to home health and other agencies.
- Dieticians help you to optimize your nutritional status before and during cancer treatment.
- If needed, palliative care professionals provide advice and support for controlling symptoms caused by the cancer itself, as well as for potential symptoms induced by the treatment.
Make an Appointment with the Senior Adult Oncology Center
Find the expert care you need for cancer and more at Jefferson. To arrange a consultation or second opinion, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or request an appointment online.