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Wilmot Researchers Improve Care for Older Adults With Cancer

Age is the biggest risk factor for cancer, but older people who are diagnosed with cancer have a different experience from younger patients. They may have concurrent health issues, or they may not be strong enough to undergo chemotherapy a younger person could tolerate. These factors highlight the need for older adults with cancer to receive individual attention based on their specific experience. To address this need, the University of Rochester Medical Center established the Geriatric Oncology Initiative in the 1990s to bring oncology fellows to Rochester for training and certification in both geriatrics and medical oncology.
Today, Supriya Mohile, M.D., runs the Specialized Oncology Care and Research for the Elderly (SOCARE) program at Wilmot Cancer Institute. It’s one of a handful of geriatric oncology programs in the country.
In addition to helping physicians and patients, Mohile and her team conduct research on cancer care in older adults. She’s been involved with studies looking at prostate cancer as well as anemia and functional disability in older adults with cancer, among other work.
“Geriatrics is a way of thinking. It’s a different approach, a different level of communication,” Mohile said in a recent issue of Dialogue.
By supporting Wilmot Cancer Institute, you can assist clinician researchers like Mohile find more personalized, improved ways to help older people who are diagnosed with cancer.

Highlands of Pittsford Event Supports Geriatric Oncology Research

Each year, The Highlands at Pittsford hosts a fashion show to support geriatric oncology research at Wilmot Cancer Institute. Residents receive beauty makeovers and fashions from Lord & Taylor that they wear as they strut down the runway. They raised $4,200 at their October 2015 event. Their example is an inspiring one.

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