Many people with cancer seek counseling to help ease the emotional burden of the illness and its treatment. Counseling often helps them cope with cancer by giving them a place to express their feelings.
The purpose of this study is to examine whether psychoeducational counseling for older cancer patients undergoing treatment is feasible and worthwhile. Researchers will test this approach as individual counseling over the phone and in a group counseling format. They want to see if this type of counseling helps reduce depressive symptoms, anxiety, perception of loneliness, and isolation.
Participants will complete questionnaires about anxiety, depression, perception of loneliness and social support, and physical/social/emotional/functional well-being. Patients will receive either this Geriatric Intervention or a referral to a social worker age 65 or older, and the two approaches will be compared.