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Perceptions of older women with breast cancer on new Breast Cancer Geriatric Preasessment Clinic at the Sunnybrook Breast Cancer Centre

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Perceptions of older women with breast cancer regarding a new Breast Cancer
Geriatric Preassessment Clinic at the Sunnybrook Breast Cancer Centre

Michael C Tjong, Ines Menjak MD, Maureen Trudeau MD, Rajin Mehta MD, Frances Wright MD, Angela Leahey RN MN, Janet Ellis MD, Damian Gallagher MD,  Jennifer Moore MSc OT,  Bonnie Bristow MRT(T) BSc, Noreen Kay MSW , Ewa Szumacher MD MEd

Background

•Breast cancer prevalence increases as women age.
•Our previous studies indicate older breast patients have specific needs and require special support.
•The needs include informational resources, decisional support, post-treatment care, and survivorship issues.
•Sunnybrook Breast Cancer Centre was initiating Breast Cancer Geriatric Preassessment Clinic (BCGPC).
 
Purpose

To identify the needs and expectations of older women with breast cancer regarding the new BCGPC. 

Study Population

Twelve women (median 74 years old) with breast cancer treated in Sunnybrook.

Inclusion criteria:

•Ability to communicate in English
•New histological diagnosis of DCIS or invasive breast carcinoma.
•Aged 70 years or older.

 

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