January 5, 2012 | by City of Hope Staff
The majority of cancers occur in older adults. Unfortunately, these patients are under-represented in the national clinical trials that set standards for care. Few studies specifically focus on the unique issues older adults face.
There is, however, a growing effort to achieve better cancer care for the elderly. And City of Hope is part of this wave.
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing recently designated City of Hope as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) hospital. NICHE is a national program to improve care for older adults.
NICHE integrates into City of Hope’s existing Cancer and Aging Research Program — a team of investigators from all cancer disciplines studying the biology, treatment and survivorship issues older adults with cancer must confront.
In the first phase of the NICHE program, City of Hope will train a core group of nurses who will become leaders and role models to their peers in the care of elderly patients.
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, based at the New York University College of Nursing, launched the NICHE program in 1994. NICHE is now being implemented in more than 270 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.