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The Older Adult Hematologic Malignancy (OHM) Program is a specialized Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center research and clinical service that addresses the specialized needs of blood cancer patients who are age 70 and older.
Our program is focused not only on identifying the best treatments for older patients with hematologic malignancies, but also on managing any other health and wellness issues they face. In the OHM Program, each patient receives collaborative care from
both their Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center oncologist and a geriatrician from the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Aging. Importantly, visits with both providers occur on-site at Dana-Farber.
The Older Adult Hematologic Malignancy (OHM) Program offers older patients the best cancer care available, while also taking into account other illnesses or concerns specific to this growing population. This includes baseline assessment of frailty for
all new patients 70 or older — a unique component of our program — and for those who are determined to need it, comprehensive geriatric assessment and management, including:
Our geriatricians also address any concerns or questions about:
Based on this comprehensive geriatric assessment, our team works closely with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center oncologists to create an individualized treatment plan. In addition, our patients are invited to participate in research protocols
tailored to older adults, including clinical trials and tissue banking efforts. We are grateful for the support of the Mary P. Murphy Fund for Hematologic Malignancies for help in sustaining this program.
Tammy Hshieh, MDDr. Hshieh describes her role as a geriatrician in our Older Adult Hematologic Malignancy Program. Dr. Hshieh co-manages a patient’s care with Dana-Farber’s oncologists, and helps identify and manage an older patient’s medical, cognitive, or social issues while the patient goes through cancer treatment.
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