Current Oncology Reports

, 19:75 | Cite as

Using Geriatric Assessment Strategies to Lead End-of-Life Care Discussions

  • Ashley Baronner
  • Amy MacKenzie
Geriatric Oncology (AR MacKenzie, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Geriatric Oncology


End-of-life discussions with geriatric oncology patients are a vital part of the comprehensive care of the senior adult patient. Developing a roadmap for these conversations can be challenging. Patients and caregivers may have expectations that are not concordant with what is reasonably achievable if the patient is frail. Measuring baseline cognition, nutritional status, and physical function and discussing goals of care are all essential pieces of information that can be obtained through a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). Objective findings from the CGA can be crucial in developing end-of-life care plans that reflect both the patient’s health status and personal values.


Geriatric Oncology Comprehensive geriatric assessment Palliative care Advanced directives End-of-life 


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Ashley Baronner and Amy MacKenzie declare they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.4th year Medical Student, Sidney Kimmel Medical CollegeThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer CenterThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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