Multidisciplinary Approaches to Caring for Geriatric Patients with Cancer

ACCC along with partner organizations the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) hosted a six-part webinar series on caring for older adults with cancer.

All live events have concluded; however, the webinar series is now available on-demand. Recordings and slides may be accessed through the ACCC e-learning system. Enroll now and watch the full series at your own pace.

This webinar series is sponsored by Pfizer Oncology.

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ACCC Learning: Effectively Engaging Caregivers to Support Your Older Adult Cancer Patients

Speakers discuss several aspects of caregiver engagement, including tools and strategies cancer team members can use to assess and engage caregivers and legal concerns and implications for teams working with caregivers. The speakers will offer you a range of resources to support your work with caregivers as well as to offer to caregivers themselves.


  • Denice Economou, PhD, RN, CNS - Department of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Lora Rhodes, LCSW - Social Worker, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Shelly Rosenfeld, JD, LLM, Esq. - Co-Director, Disability Rights Legal Center, Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)


Thank you to EMD Serono for supporting this through its Embracing Carers™ program.

Caring for Your Older Adult Patients with Cancer

Efrat Dotan, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Director
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This webinar focuses on the unique challenges in caring for geriatric cancer patients, including a review of geriatric patient epidemiology. Current NCCN and ASCO assessment guidelines will be reviewed, along with the issue of under-representation of geriatric patients in clinical trials.

Originally recorded on April 8, 2019.


What Every Cancer Program Team Member Needs to Know About Geriatric Assessment

Melissa Kah Poh Loh, MBBCh, BAO
Fellow, Combined Geriatrics and Hematology/Oncology
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York

Review of the benefits and outcomes of geriatric assessment, with a focus on using screening as a minimum assessment to help guide treatment selection, supportive care interventions, and the need for resources. This webinar showcases the importance of geriatric assessment in daily oncology practice and provides practical suggestions for how to integrate the assessment into practice without overburdening staff.

Originally recorded on April 22, 2019.


Time for a reMEDy: A Focus on Pharmacy and the Older Adult

Ginah Nightingale, PharmD, BCOP
Advanced Practice Pharmacist, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Senior Adult Oncology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In this webinar we will define polypharmacy and discuss its prevalence and impact on patient outcomes as well as age-related changes that alter the pharmacology of cancer treatments and affect treatment-related effects. We will review tools to screen for polypharmacy and medication adherence, plus discuss the latest research on how to effectively reduce polypharmacy. Participants will takeaway practical steps or initiatives that can be implemented at your program or practice to improve medication management.

Originally recorded on May 6, 2019.

A Review of Validated Tools for Geriatric Assessment and How to Use Them

Tanya Wildes, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Oncology Division, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Join in a practical review of validated geriatric assessment tools and learn how to incorporate them into your oncology practice. Logistics, including who can and should administer the assessment will also be included. Find more validated tools here.

Originally recorded on May 13, 2019.


Empowering the Multidisciplinary Team to Support Care for Geriatric Oncology Patients

Leana Chien, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Carolina Uranga, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, OCN®
Adult Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Oncology
Center for Cancer and Aging at the City of Hope
Duarte, California

Learn about how the team at City of Hope incorporates non-physician leaders as integral members of the geriatric oncology management team.

Originally recorded on May 21, 2019.


Early Introduction of Palliative Care and Best Practices for End of Life

Ishwaria M. Subbiah, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Palliative, Rehabilitation & Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 
Houston, Texas

A discussion on early integration of palliative care in the geriatric oncology population. We will focus on communication challenges with patients and families, goal setting, shared decision-making, and quality-of-life conversations. Considerations for end of life will also be shared.

Originally recorded on June 4, 2019.