New Geriatric Oncology Model Developed

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Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia have developed a model for establishing a comprehensive multidisciplinary geriatric oncology center to avoid the potential overtreatment or undertreatment that elderly patients with cancer may face. The model is aimed towards both newly diagnosed and established patients 70 years of age and over.

“The demographics are so dramatic in terms of the incidence of cancer in the aging population. There’s going to be an ever growing need for geriatric oncology as a field in the near future,” said Andrew E. Chapman, DO, clinical associate professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, and co-director of the Jefferson Senior Adult Oncology Center.

A model for delivering care to elderly patients is important, especially because the US population over the age of 65 years is expected to double by 2030, and because the cancer incidence is 11-fold higher in this age group. About 60% of all cancers and 70% of all cancer mortalities occur in people over 65 years of age.1 Chapman is participating in a workshop addressing this topic, entitled “Existing Geriatric Oncology Models: Opportunities and Barriers—Oncologist-Centered Models,” during ASCO’s 50th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

“We built a multidisciplinary evaluation center that would be primarily consultative—where the patients would be referred to us, we conduct an intensive evaluation, and then we feed that information back to the referring physician,” Chapman explained in describing the model. – Read more  

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