Survivorship care for older adults with cancer: U13 conference report

Emily J. Guerard, Ginah Nightingale, Keith Bellizzi, Peggy Burhenn, Ashley Rosko, Andrew S. Artz, Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki, Beverly Canin, William Dale, Betty Ferrell

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Abstract

Older adult cancer survivors currently account for almost 60% of all cancer survivors. The number of older cancer survivors will continue to increase as the population ages and as patients' live longer after a cancer diagnosis. As part of cancer center accreditation, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer® (CoC) has placed great importance on survivorship care planning. While the CoC has set standards for general survivorship care, there is sparse evidence on how to best care for older adult cancer survivors. Concern exists among the medical community that survivorship care plans could increase paperwork without improving outcomes. Given the diverse and unique needs of older adult cancer survivors, the inter-professional team provides a structure and process for survivorship care built around the particular needs of older adults. The Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG), in partnership with the NIA/NCI, held a U13 conference in May 2015 in part to discuss survivorship care for older adults with cancer. This report discusses four themes that emerged from one section of the conference: (1) survivorship care is a process that continually evolves to meet the needs of older adults; (2) older adult cancer survivors have unique needs and care plans should be tailored to meet these needs; (3) the inter-professional team is ideally suited to structure survivorship care of older adults; (4) patient advocacy must be encouraged throughout the cancer care continuum. As evidence based survivorship practices develop, the unique needs of older adults need to be given substantial attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-312
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Geriatric Oncology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Cancer survivor
  • Elderly
  • Inter-professional team
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Older adult
  • Survivorship
  • Survivorship care plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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