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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 patients.
The program staff includes breast cancer experts who understand the concerns of older people who are more likely to have other health conditions that can complicate their treatment for breast cancer, including:
Survivorship Series: Supporting Older Adult Cancer SurvivorsRachel Freedman, MD, MPH, Director of the Program for Older Adults with Breast Cancer (OABC), shares some of the key issues that arise with older patients who are diagnosed with and treated for cancer. She also shares ways Dana-Farber provides support for older patients and survivors.
There are additional tools and resources patients and caregivers can explore on their own, which are related to considerations for older adults:
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 adults is to provide resources and information to help guide patients and their loved
ones 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
Living and Aging with Metastatic Breast Cancer | 2021-2022 EMBRACE MBC Virtual Forum SeriesRachel Freedman, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Farrell, LICSW, and patient Barbara Soto discuss the unique issues and treatment considerations older patients face when they are living with metastatic breast cancer.
We offer the following resources:
Learn more about Dana-Farber's patient and family support services.
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