Geriatric Oncology Program

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Overview of the COPE program

As you get older, you want cancer care that looks at all of you – your medical conditions, living situation, medications, and other factors – while planning your care. There is one hospital focused specifically on the needs of older patients with cancer: Roger Williams Medical Center.

We are home to the state’s first Geriatric Oncology Program, which we call COPE (Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders). Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar, a board certified surgeon with fellowship training in surgical oncology, serves as Director of Geriatric Oncology.

As a recognized leader in both cancer and elder care, Roger Williams is focused on the latest tools in diagnoses, treatment and care of older patients with cancer. That care – once only available in a hospital or skilled nursing setting – is now regularly available on an outpatient basis. Most of our services are available under one roof, which allows patients to see multiple specialists in one visit.

Personalized care. The latest in treatment. A caring staff specially trained in geriatric oncology. These are just a few of the reasons why older oncology patients choose Roger Williams.