This project aims to better link the emerging area of geriatric oncology with the ongoing research strand on frailty. We also strive to enrich the strongly biologically framed approach of the overall research proposal with a psychosocial perspective, linking psycho-geriatric oncology and geropsychological expertise. We do so to better understand the role of age, frailty, and biological predictors of toxicity on the overall psychological situation of patients and their preferences for treatment. Besides its fundamental research ambition, we also expect our project outcomes to improve the clinical management and decision making with old and very old cancer patients.
Ethical issues in the care for elderly (PAC-E: Preferences and Activity in Cancer Patients & the Elderly)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl, Department of Psychological Aging Research, Institute of Psychology, University of Heidelberg
PD Dr. med. Ulrich Wedding, Department of Palliative Medicine, Medical Department II, Jena University Hospital
Prof. Dr. med. Michael Denkinger, Geriatric Chair of Ulm University at Agaplesion Bethesda Clinic, Ulm