Living Well: A Program for Older Adults with Cancer
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Geriatric Oncology

Living Well: A Program for Older Adults with Cancer

Cancer affects older adults more than any other age group. Older adults face challenges when confronting a cancer diagnosis, which may be different from the challenges faced by younger patients. Older adults with cancer may be dealing with medical and social issues that make their care more complicated such as living alone, having additional medical conditions and disabilities, or living on a fixed income.

The Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital recognizes that older adults with cancer may require specialized care to support them and their families. However, we also recognize that older adults often have coping skills developed through years of living that allow them to face cancer with strength, dignity and the ability and desire to make decisions about their own health care goals and treatment.

About the Program
The Living Well Program is part of the Pain and Supportive Care Program, a palliative care service at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center. The goal of this program is to provide expert symptom management and support for older adults with cancer.

For a list of our resources, helpful tips, scheduling, contact and further information about our Geriatric Oncology program Living Well: A Program for Older Adults with Cancer, download our patient and caregiver guide.

Adults over age 65 can be referred to this program at diagnosis or at any point in their illness. A comprehensive assessment is completed and referrals are made to appropriate clinicians. Patients and their caregivers are followed through the course of their disease and needs are re-evaluated on a regular basis.


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