What to Know About Cancer Care and Research for People 65+: A Q&A With Patient Advocate Beverly Canin

February 28, 2023
Brielle Gregory Collins, ASCO staff

When caring for people with cancer, doctors consider the full picture of their health to recommend the best treatment for them and ensure they get the palliative and supportive care they need. This is particularly important for people with cancer who are 65 or older, as they may face additional health challenges as they age.

Beverly Canin is a patient advocate whose work is focused on cancer and aging. In this podcast, Allison Magnuson, DO, MS, talks with Ms. Canin about what people with cancer age 65 and older should know about their care, including how to advocate for themselves and the importance of research in advancing care for older adults.

  • What advice do you have for people with cancer age 65 or older on discussing treatment options with their health care team? [5:37]

  • Why is it important for the doctor to assess physical and cognitive function in patients who are 65 or older? [12:24]

  • Where can patients find more information about cancer and aging? [20:19]

Dr. Magnuson is an associate professor of medicine and a board-certified medical oncologist and geriatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Magnuson is also the 2023 Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Geriatric Oncology. Ms. Canin is a patient advocate, research partner, and the co-chair of the Cancer and Aging Research Group’s (CARG) Stakeholders for Care in Oncology & Research for Our Elders Board (SCOREboard). She is also an advisory panelist on the 2023 Cancer.Net Editorial Board.

Dr. Magnuson’s disclosure information can be found in her individual biography linked to above. Ms. Canin has no relevant relationships to disclose.

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