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Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH, and Gregory Goreczny, PhD, members of the Older Adults with Breast Cancer research team
Our program brings together researchers and physicians dedicated to improving our understanding of breast cancer in older adults. In addition to clinical trials for patients of all ages, we offer many clinical trials dedicated to older patients designed
to uncover new details about how breast cancer is different in older people. In these trials, we focus on issues that have been under-addressed in this age group. Clinicians and researchers are optimistic that this work may help develop more effective,
personalized care, guiding older patients through the challenges of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
Participating in a clinical trial is a very personal decision, and a choice that is completely yours to make. If it feels right to you, there are several good reasons to participate:
Speak to your doctor about your clinical trial options. Learn more about clinical trials and whether participating in a clinical trial is right for you.
A study by the Cancer and Aging Research Group, co-authored by Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH, resulted in a new tool to help predict which older breast cancer patients
who are about to begin chemotherapy are likely to experience severe side effects. This work confirmed that understanding patients' overall health can help predict who may have more side effects, enabling physicians to better support these patients.
Dr. Freedman has also examined patterns of care and survival for older patients with breast cancer and is committed to improving upon what we know about this disease.
Although older patients can participate in almost any clinical trial, we also have several clinical trials dedicated to this group of patients. These are some of the clinical trials
for older patients currently available at Dana-Farber. If you are interested in hearing more about them, ask your provider if any of these clinical trials may be right for you.
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