University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Older Adult Cancer Care Program

Melisa Wong with Patient in Geriatric Oncology
The number of older adults with cancer is rapidly growing as the overall U.S. population continues to age. In order to provide individualized, patient-centered cancer care for older adults, we must carefully take into account their overall health, quality of life, physical function, cognition, risk for cancer treatment side effects, nutritional status, social support, psychological needs, and goals of care.  

The UCSF Older Adult Cancer Care (OACC) Program was founded in 2017 as a collaboration between clinicians and researchers in hematology/oncology, geriatrics, palliative medicine, surgery, nursing, and other cancer specialties. Our mission is to improve cancer care delivery for older adults through a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach and to promote interdisciplinary research collaborations to better understand and address this population’s unique needs.

The UCSF OACC Program meets bimonthly (even months) on the Parnassus campus and by video conferencing to bring together experts in cancer and aging across all cancer specialties and supportive care programs. To join us at our next meeting, please email gerionc@ucsf.edu.