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The staff of the Geriatric Oncology Program is available for consultation with a patient’s primary care physician/provider to make recommendations for medical or psychosocial care. This partnership allows the patient to have the expertise of the program’s professionals while encouraging them to continue with the physician that they have had a long-term relationship with for their medical care.
For your convenience.
Our clinical staff will coordinate all your appointments, chemotherapy and consultations with other departments. We also will arrange for your surgery, radiation therapy and home care, when necessary. Plus, a pharmacy and laboratory are located on campus, allowing patients to stay in one location for treatment.
For your comfort.
Our ambulatory services area provides a comfortable setting where you can receive chemotherapy or treatment and see your doctor. It offers state-of-the-art care in a friendly, home-like atmosphere. Patients also should expect the latest in medical technology. By making new advancements each day, we make patient care as comfortable and easy as possible.
For your well-being.
Our staff is committed to your well-being. On your first visit, you will receive an individualized treatment plan. During each following visit, your care will be managed by the same physician and a skilled, compassionate group of medical staff.
For your family.
Cancer affects the person’s family and friends, especially those who take the primary responsibility for caring for them. Adult children and spouses of older cancer patients face many challenges to provide care to a loved one with cancer.
In the Geriatric Oncology Program, our experts recognize that family members are an essential part of the treatment process. Our consult service is designed to help guide patients and their families through the various options available to them and develop a plan that brings together the goals and values of the patient and family.
Service options for patients include:
- Comprehensive cancer evaluation, including staging, treatment planning and surgical, medical and radiation oncology treatment
- Geriatric evaluation
- Specialty consultation for co-morbidities
- Medical evaluation and management for poly-pharmacy and drug interactions with chemotherapy
- Geriatric psychiatry program
- Dementia evaluation
- Memory loss evaluation
- Continence Evaluation
- Nutrition evaluation and support services
- Pain Management
- Social work support
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation services
- Hospice Care
- Cancer Counseling for patients and their loved ones
- Community Education
- Social work
- Assistance with identifying and managing health care financing and billing
- Chaplain consultation
- Clinical trial options
- Support Groups
What Should A Patient Expect?
When a patient makes a geriatric oncology appointment, the needs assessment begins almost immediately to help identify issues and get the whole picture. Patients and their families are asked about whatever geriatric issues they may have - mobility limitations, heart conditions, memory difficulties - so that staff can prepare to factor those problems into its plans for treating the patient's cancer.
When the patient arrives for their first appointment, a geriatric assessment is performed to determine what medication they are already on, their social support system and general physical conditions that will impact their cancer treatment. The first appointment may last two to three hours.
Once the exam is completed, a multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins Bayview specialists meet. This team represents a broad spectrum of medical fields - from psychology and psychiatry to nutritional support, physical therapy and palliative care. After discussing each case, the group's members put together an individually tailored treatment plan that involves all their disciplines.
With the treatment plan created, the Geriatric Oncology Program partners closely with the patients' primary doctor or referring oncologist to coordinate all aspects of care for the patient. Many patients come for a second opinion or for additional treatment options.