Older women with ovarian cancer do not fare as well with the disease as younger patients, but it is not known why. Older patients may have other medical problems, take more medications, and be dependent on others for transportation and assistance. These issues may affect a patient’s care. In this study, researchers want to see how a geriatric assessment (a set of questions for patients 65 and older) and a weekly telephone call from a nurse affect care and outcome among women age 65 and older who are beginning treatment (surgery and/or chemotherapy) for ovarian cancer.
All participants in this study will complete the assessment before, during, and after treatment. The assessment includes questions about their daily activities, other medical problems, mood, nutrition, support from family and friends, and memory.
Half of the patients will be randomly assigned to also receive a weekly phone call from a nurse, asking her about symptoms, medications, and home support, as well as offering emotional and medical support in addition to that provided by the patient’s regular doctors and nurses. Investigators will compare the two groups.