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092-541-3231 092-557-6100

受付時間 : 平日 8:30~17:15

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Geriatric Oncology Service

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.

Main scope of the treatment

Main target diseases:

This clinic sees patients who meet the following criteria (criteria 1 and 2 and/or 3) to perform a Geriatric Assessment (GA):

  1. Patients who plan to start treatment and/or have been receiving treatment at Kyushu Cancer Center.
  2. Patients in whom a Geriatric Assessment (GA) is indicated based on nurse-performed screening for the Geriatric Assessment (GA) using the Geriatric 8 (G8) tool.
  3. Patients whose primary oncologist thinks that the GA would be useful for their care, regardless of the G8 screening results.

Technique:

We conduct the GA using validated tools for the following domains according to the standards proposed by the International Society of Geriatric Oncology: functional status, cognition, depression, nutrition, polypharmacy, geriatric syndromes, comorbidity and social support (Wildiers H et al. J Clin Oncol. 2014. Mohile SG et al. J Clin Oncol. 2018).