In this podcast, Heidi Klepin, MD, MS, interviews Miriam Rodin, MD, PhD, and Arti Hurria, MD, about the principles they follow when caring for older adults with cancer. They highlight using geriatric assessment to better understand age-related factors and individualize treatment. By considering general nutrition, ability to handle daily activities, and co-existing conditions, doctors can more effectively suggest treatment.
Geriatric oncologists are doctors that specifically treat older adults. While this specialty may not be available at your cancer center, it’s important to ask the doctor about the unique considerations that may affect cancer care for older adults.
This is a pre-recorded audio podcast and it can be listened to online or downloaded to your computer. A transcript of this podcast is also available. For more information, visit the Cancer.Net podcast page.
This podcast is a part of a larger collection drawn from the 2015 ASCO Educational Book.