Geriatric Oncology Program
Inova Geriatric Oncology Program specializes in geriatric medicine for patients experiencing cancer. This program offers assistance with the management of geriatric syndromes, monitors for possible/at risk complications and provides assistance with treatment and care. Our care coordination is provided through a multidisciplinary approach where our specialty-trained geriatric medicine providers work directly with your cancer care team to provide you a personalized treatment plan.
We will start by providing a complete, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, which identifies all of the health conditions that could impact your cancer care. This includes looking for possible interactions with your current medications as well as possible complications from other medical conditions. With this information, we are able to provide your oncologist with highly personalized guidance to assist in your cancer care and successfully get you through your treatment plan. In addition, each patient will have access to a Life with Cancer® support team who will help provide counseling and support along the way.
The Inova Geriatric Oncology Program is the only clinically integrated geriatric program in the region solely intended to help cancer patients through their treatment. This program is an integral part of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, which is a state-of-the-art cancer care destination designed to meet the needs of our region, and to bring healing and hope to our patients in the Metro DC area. Our team – 1,000+ doctors, researchers, nurses, cancer specialists and emotional support experts at our Life with Cancer program – delivers the highest standard of compassionate, collaborative and holistic cancer care, customized to the needs of each patient.
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a thorough evaluation of older patients that can assist with early identification of geriatric syndromes and potential age related conditions.
CGA consists of following components:
- Assessment of the impact of other medical conditions
- Advance care planning
- Cognitive assessment and optimization
- Functional and physical performance status
- Medication management
- Nutritional status
- Psychosocial status and support
Age-Friendly Health Systems
Age-Friendly Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Age-Friendly Health Systems aims to follow an essential set of evidence-based practices; cause no harm; and align with what matters to the older adult and their family caregivers.