Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Dana-Farber patients & families Learn more
Please note that some translations using Google Translate may not be accurately represented and downloaded documents cannot be translated. Dana-Farber assumes no liability for inaccuracies that may result from using this third-party tool, which is for website translation and not clinical interactions. You may request a live medical interpreter for a discussion about your care.
Left to right: Older Women with Breast Cancer team members, Gregory Goreczny, PhD; Haley Gagnon, BS; Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH; Ruth Lederman, MPH; and Adriana Perilla Glen, MBA
When facing a cancer diagnosis, it can be tempting to prioritize treating your cancer and push other health concerns to the back of your mind. However, the success of your cancer treatment depends partly on your overall health. For many older patients, the issues and challenges associated with the disease are quite different from those that affect younger women.
The program staff includes breast cancer experts who understand the concerns of older women who are more likely to have other health conditions
that can complicate their treatment for breast cancer, including:
There are additional tools and resources patients and caregivers can explore on their own, which are related to considerations for older adults:
Support Services Older patients may face particular challenges involving finances, support networks, and the logistics of receiving treatment. One of the goals of the program for older women is to provide resources and information
to help guide women through many situations and decisions. Throughout your journey, you will receive education and support from expert clinicians, other professionals, and your fellow patients.
We offer patient- and family-centered care, which means that you and your loved ones are the focus of our attention. Your health care team will take the time to listen, understand your needs and preferences, and help give you a better sense of control
over your life.
A social worker can provide one-on-one counseling sessions throughout treatment. Patients also receive a referral, as needed, to a psychologist
We offer the following resources:
Learn more about Dana-Farber's patient and family support services.
New Patient Appointments