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Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 1: Risk Assessment Treatment Options in Older Adults with Cancer


Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 1: Risk Assessment Treatment Options in Older Adults with Cancer

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Christine Hsieh, MD, Christine Arenson, MD, Andrew Chapman, DO
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
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Sixty percent of new cancers are diagnosed in patients 65 years and older. Cancer is the leading cause of death for men and women age 60-79. Healthcare professionals are making strides in addressing this issue through comprehensive risk assessments and exams to identify the issue early; as well as provide the patient with treatment options for care. This module examines geriatric oncology, assessments and treatment options for older adults with cancer.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Provide a geriatric perspective on cancer care
  2. Discuss the importance of individual risk assessment for cancer treatment options
  3. Discuss decision-making points for older adults with cancer and the cultural factors that influence decision-making.
  4. Recognize the legal and ethical concepts that influence health professionals ability to assist in decision-making with patients and families.
  5. Discuss the physiologic effects of cancer and cancer treatment on the nutritional status of older adults and provide methods to assess and offer nutritional support
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Technical Requirements and Notes:

This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in.

The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Suggested Citation:
Christine Arenson, MD, Dr. Christine Hsieh, MD, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS and Andrew Chapman, DO. Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 1: Risk Assessment Treatment Options in Older Adults with Cancer. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: