Care for older adults with cancer is complex, as older patients tend to have multiple chronic conditions that need to managed along with their cancer diagnosis. Our program is actively involved in research focused on how best to care for older adults with hematologic malignancies.
Our main research study,
Patient-Centered Care for the Older Adults with Hematologic Malignancies, evaluates the effectiveness of a geriatrician’s involvement in an older patient’s care team. Patients who participate in this study will have an initial assessment to assess frailty and will be randomized to have follow-up care with a geriatrician. Our research team will assess whether the involvement of a geriatrician helps to reduce frailty, improve outcomes, and decrease the number of non-scheduled hospital admissions.
In addition, we offer many clinical trial opportunities for patients with blood cancers such as
multiple myeloma, and
Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. We encourage patients to speak with their care team to determine if a client trial is appropriate.
Our team has published many findings related to the care of older adults with hematologic malignancies, including:
Appointments and Second Opinions