Geriatric Oncology Diagnostics.
The most important diagnostic tool that we use is the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
This assessment is completed when we first meet with patients. It covers a wide variety of issues that can impact cancer care for an older adult:
Current health and medical conditions
Level of physical ability
Issues with memory or falling
Side effects from treatment
Medications that could affect chemotherapy
Home care situation
The assessment takes about two hours. It is completed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, including a geriatric oncologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a nutritionist and a social worker.
With the information we collect, we are then able to provide your other cancer doctors with specific guidance on your cancer care. We will also provide you and your loved ones with very specific information that could help prevent treatment side effects or a decrease in your physical and mental functioning.
The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment improves your care in several ways. It makes your treatment easier to tolerate and less likely to cause a decline in your health. Most importantly, it improves your chances of having an excellent outcome.
The Geriatric Oncology Clinic is the only program in the area with a special expertise in the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. We have helped hundreds of older cancer patients and their doctors with our highly thorough and caring approach.