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Allison Magnuson, D.O.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 487-1700

Administrative: (585) 275-0394

Fax: (585) 321-1724

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I am a geriatric oncologist and specialize in treatment of cancer in older adults as well as breast cancer. I am actively involved in research, focusing on improving outcomes for treating older patients with cancer. I understand that every person is unique and requires a different approach to care. I try my best to take the time to understand what each patient and his or her family needs – and then I strive to meet these needs. I am very passionate about what I do!

Conditions I Treat

- Cancers in older adults
- Breast cancer

Professional Background

Allison Magnuson, D.O is a Senior Instructor at the University of Rochester with dual training in both medical oncology and geriatrics. A graduate of the University of Rochester and University of New England, she completed internship and residency at the University of Connecticut before returning to Rochester for her fellowship training.

Her research interests include health outcomes in older patients with cancer, specifically improving outcomes using geriatric assessment-driven recommendations. She is also interested in exploring factors that are influential to patients and providers when developing treatment plans for older patients with cancer.




    DO | University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    08/01/2013 - 07/31/2014
    Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Monroe Community Hospital

    07/01/2011 - 07/31/2013
    Fellowship in Medical Oncology at University of Rochester Medical Center

    06/28/2010 - 06/27/2011
    Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

    06/28/2008 - 06/27/2010
    Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

    06/28/2007 - 06/27/2008
    Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

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    NIH Loan Repayment Award Renewal
    Sponsor: NIH

    Selected chair, Junior Faculty Advisory Board, Cancer and Aging Research Group Infrastructure Project
    Sponsor: Cancer and Aging Research Group

    Karron Memorial Prize for Excellence in Geriatrics

    NIH Loan Repayment Award

    2015 - 2016
    Department of Medicine Research Pilot Award
    Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

    NCI/ASCO Teams in Cancer Care – selected participant

    R25 Cancer Control Research Training Program Scholar

    Geriatric Oncology U-13 Conference, Young Investigator Travel Award

    Hartford Foundation Change Agent Award

    Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar
    Sponsor: University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics

    American Medical Directors Association "Futures Program" Participant

    James P Wilmot Research Fellow Award

    HRSA Geriatric Research Fellow Award
    Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration

    Geriatric Oncology Research to Improve Clinical Care U13 Conference Travel Award

    Garibaldi Humanitarianism in Medicine Award
    Sponsor: University of Connecticut

    Chief Medical Resident
    Sponsor: University of Connecticut

    Intern of the Year
    Sponsor: University of Connecticut

    Sigma Sigma Phi, Osteopathic Medical Honor Society

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    Clinical Trials

    Mitigating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults With Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy: Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G) Phase I

    Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

    Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy and older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD, which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a promising treatment for CRCD that improves perceived cognition in younger cancer survivors, but needs to be adapted for older adults to address their unique needs. The proposed study will adapt MAAT for older adults using feedback from key stakeholders (older adults with cancer and their caregivers), and subsequently test the ability of MAAT to improve or maintain cognition for older adults with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.

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    UCCO16103: Cognitive Rehabilitation For At-Risk Older Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: A Pilot Study Evaluating Feasibility And Impact

    Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

    In Phase I all subjects will receive cognitive rehabilitation intervention which includes, workshops and at-home computer-based cognitive training. In the phase II portion of the study, depending on the group you are assigned, you may receive cognitive rehabilitation intervention or usual care. This will help researchers develop a doable approach to cognitive rehabilitation and see if it helps reduce the risk of developing progressive cognitive impairments which is a common side effect of chemotherapy.

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    Journal Articles

    Mohamed MR, Rich DQ, Seplaki C, Lund JL, Flannery M, Culakova E, Magnuson A, Wells M, Tylock R, Mohile SG. "Primary Treatment Modification and Treatment Tolerability Among Older Chemotherapy Recipients With Advanced Cancer." JAMA network open.. 2024 Feb 5; 7(2):e2356106. Epub 2024 Feb 05.

    Ji J, Bae M, Sun CL, Wildes TM, Freedman RA, Magnuson A, O'Connor T, Moy B, Klepin HD, Chapman AE, Tew WP, Dotan E, Fenton MA, Kim H, Katheria V, Gross CP, Cohen HJ, Muss HB, Sedrak MS. "Falls prechemotherapy and toxicity-related hospitalization during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer in older women: Results from the prospective multicenter HOPE trial." Cancer.. 2023 Nov 14; Epub 2023 Nov 14.

    Arana-Chicas E, Prisco LMH, Sharma S, Stauffer F, McGee M, Dauphin S, Ban-Hoefen M, Navarette J, Zittel J, Cupertino AP, Magnuson A, Mustian KM, Mohile SG. "Cancer survivorship challenges of rural older adults: a qualitative study." BMC cancer.. 2023 Sep 28; 23(1):917. Epub 2023 Sep 28.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Oncology and Hematologic Malignancies
    Book Title: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A core curriculum in geriatric medicine
    Author List: Magnuson A, Maggiore R.
    Edited By: Harper GM, Lyons WL, Potter JF
    Published By: American Geriatrics Society 2019 in NY

    Chapter Title: Oncology and Hematologic Malignancies
    Book Title: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 9th Edition (GRS9)
    Author List: Magnuson, A; Mohile, S.
    Edited By: Medina-Walpole A, Pacala JT, Potter JF
    Published By: American Geriatrics Society 2016 in New York, NY

    Chapter Title: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Oncology
    Book Title: Cancer and Aging: from bench to clinics
    Author List: Mohile S, Magnuson A
    Edited By: Extermann
    Published By: Karger Publishing 2013



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