Summary of Department
Older adults are an extremely heterogeneous group of patients, showing marked differences in physical, mental and social well-being. In the field of geriatrics, a geriatric assessment (GA) is performed to evaluate an older person's overall health status. Considering one's global health status based on the GA, geriatricians take a holistic approach to treating older people with various diseases. Furthermore, a multidisciplinary team convenes to address functional, nutritional, cognitive, psychological and/or social problems identified by the GA in order to improve the daily life independence and quality of life for older adults.
Geriatric oncology is a field that incorporates the principles of geriatrics into the care of older adults with cancer. This is the first geriatric oncology clinic in Japan and is staffed by a physician who holds American Board of Internal Medicine certifications in the fields of geriatric medicine and medical oncology.
In our clinic, we conduct the GA to help patients and primary oncologists choose the best treatment strategy for each patient. In addition, we perform early intervention for physical, mental and social problems revealed by the GA in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team members, including a nurse, physical therapist, dietitian, psychologist, pharmacist and social worker, so that patients can maintain their independence and a good quality of life while receiving cancer treatment.