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Cancer Care - For Older People

Cancer Care - For older people

Considerations for older people during and beyond cancer

Older people with cancer are the largest group affected by cancer. They are a diverse and growing group. Their appropriate care, during and beyond cancer, is an emerging field in cancer worldwide.

A Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program Capacity Building Grant project has enabled us to present accessible education opportunities for regional health professionals.

Five key elements are included in the project
  1. In November, we held the Cancer Care - Coming of Age Symposium. Were you there? Click here for photos. Existing link on the page
  2. Creating the GICS Cancer in Older People and Cancer Survivorship Learning Guide as a resource with links to accessible education. Please contact Lea Marshall if you would like a copy
  3. In February 2018 we will ask health professionals to complete a survey including their current referral patterns for older people during and beyond cancer treatment
  4. From February to May we are trialling a process to improve access to supportive care for older cancer survivors at a regional health service. The proportion of older Victorian cancer survivors is now 52% in Victoria.
  5. By May, we will have developed a Foot Health and Cancer resource package. Increasing exercise and physical activity is now a recommendation for during and after cancer treatment. Treatment-related foot problems impact on exercise and physical activity.

Other learning opportunities:
  • eviQEd Geriatric Oncology is a free online program for nurses who work with older people affected by cancer  
  • Facing cancer later in life is a short video that provides an opportunity to hear from other people who have been diagnosed with cancer later in life speaking about strategies they found useful understand more about older people's experience of cancer. John, who offered his consumer story last week, is one of the four people featured in the video
  • A Common Path is a series of short videos offering support and advice for those affected by cancer from others who have travelled 'a common path'. The videos, have been produced by North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Services.

For further information contact:

Lea Marshall
Cancer Service Improvement Coordinator
P: (03) 5320 4044
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