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Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 3: The Older Adult Oncology Patient and Nutrition


Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 3: The Older Adult Oncology Patient and Nutrition

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Cecilia Borden, RN, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Emily R. Hajjar, CG
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Nutrition for the older adult with cancer needs to be assessed in a comprehensive manner to promote quality of life. An interprofessional approach should be used for nutrition management. This module examines nutrition in the older adult with cancer in regards to nutritional assessment, risk factors, proper oral care, tips and support in managing nutrition effectively.

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

  • Utilize oral and nutritional assessments.
  • Describe the goals of nutritional therapy during chemotherapy.
  • Discuss physiologic conditions related to nutrition in the older adult with cancer.
  • Recognize the effect of these conditions on the nutritional status of the patient.
  • Identify nutritional needs and dietary preferences.
  • Discuss nutritional supplements.
  • Understand the benefits/drawbacks of nutrition and hydration at the end of life.
  • State pharmacologic interventions and vitamin and mineral supplements for end of life care.
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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:
RN, Dr. Emily R. Hajjar, PharmD., BCPS, CG and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. Interprofessional Geriatric Oncology 3: The Older Adult Oncology Patient and Nutrition. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: