Program for Older Adults With Breast Cancer

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Margaret Simonovich, breast cancer survivor

The Program for Older Adults with Breast Cancer (OABC) is focused on the unique needs of older breast cancer patients, providing personalized support throughout each patient’s journey.

Breast cancer is most common in patients older than 70 years and, as people are now living longer than ever, we anticipate that we will see an increasing number of older patients develop breast cancer. However, this group is underrepresented in clinical research, and its unique needs are not well understood. Our program aims to change that and improve care for older adults with breast cancer by better understanding the specific needs and concerns of these patients and their loved ones.

Our goal is to promote optimal treatment, clinical outcomes, and quality of life for older patients with breast cancer throughout their cancer journey. Our team-based, patient-centered approach to medical care includes personalized support for the unique needs of older adults and their caregivers.

The program offers dedicated staff and specialized care for older adults, including support for other geriatric and age-related health issues, nutritional support, social workers, financial assistance, integrative therapies, and clinical trials designed specifically for older patients.

Multidisciplinary Care

Our care team works closely with each patient, providing the expertise and collaboration of many specialists. Experts in medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology coordinate to ensure that you will receive the care that is best for you and helps you achieve the best possible quality of life.

Learn more about our approach to caring for patients with breast cancer.

Program for Older Adults with Breast Cancer

Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH, discusses Dana-Farber's approach to caring for older adults with breast cancer.

Listen: Dr. Freedman discusses the experiences of older adults with breast cancer on the Our MBC Life podcast.

Caring for Older Adults with Cancer – A Geriatrician’s Role

Tammy Hshieh, MD, MPH, describes the role she plays as a geriatrician caring for older patients at Dana-Farber. Dr. Hshieh co-manages patients’ care with Dana-Farber’s oncologists, and helps identify and manage medical, cognitive, or social issues while the patient goes through cancer treatment.

Collaboration With Local Oncologists — Near or Far, We Are Here for You

As partners in your treatment, our care team can collaborate with you and your local oncologist to provide active, continuous care during the course of your treatment if you live a distance away. We welcome the opportunity to offer a second opinion. We can partner with your local oncologist to review your options throughout your journey.