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What is expected during a geriatric oncology assessment?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

A geriatric oncology assessment takes about two to three hours. During the assessment, a specially trained geriatrician conducts a thorough evaluation of the patient's health issues and living situation, paying special attention to issues that may affect ability to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, and long-term side effects of prior therapies.

Following the assessment, the physician provides the patient and their doctor with a written report summarizing the findings and recommendations. The physician also discusses an individualized care plan for the patient. Recommendations may include consulting with other health professionals, including a psychologist or a psychiatrist, a pain management specialist, a palliative medicine specialist, a social worker, a nutritionist, a pharmacist, and a physical and/or occupational therapist.

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