Older Adult Cancer Program

Older Adult Cancer Program

As people get older, there is more often complexity with aging, meaning that many older adults have multiple other medical conditions. They are on multiple medications. They can have functional limitations and/or cognitive difficulties. Altogether these things make their cases more complex and may increase the risk of cancer treatment or make it more difficult to tolerate any cancer treatment. The Older Adults Cancer Program was established in June 2015 at The Princess Margaret to support older adults who are frail, vulnerable or who have otherwise complex cases.

Staff at the clinic assess patients' medications, medical conditions, function, and cognition in order to avoid overtreatment or under-treatment.

We want to enhance their supportive care plan to get patients through their cancer journey as smoothly as possible, which may mean activating extra resources in the community, such as increased home care support and access to dietitians or social workers. Our nurses also provide a lot of education to patients and their families about managing their cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.