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Janet H Van Cleave

Assistant Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 408
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Van Cleave’s career goal is to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer. Her program of research addresses the complexity of care required by this population as they transition across health care settings and providers. She is conducting studies to identify interventions that will improve the quality of life and symptom management, from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2010, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, 2008, Yale University
MSN, 1995, University of Pennsylvania
BSN, 1994, University of Pennsylvania
Diploma of Nursing, 1983, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing
MBA, 1978, University of Kansas
BA, 1976, Kansas State University

Honors and awards

CANCER NURSING Research Award (Authors: Van Cleave JH, Egleston B, Ercolano E, McCorkle R, 2013, Cancer Nursing,36(4), PMCID: PMC23047803) (2014)
International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies, Poster of Distinction (2014)
American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference Fellowship, New Orleans, LA (2010)
John A. Harford Foundation Policy Leadership Institute Oncology Nursing Society/American Cancer Society Doctoral Student Scholarship to attend 8th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research (2009)
Oncology Nursing Society Special Interest Group Newsletter Editor: Best Article (2004)
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Outstanding Colleague (2004)
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Nominee, Clinical Excellence Award (2002)
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Unit Recognition Award for Special Clinics (2000)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Professional Scholarship (1994)
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Summa Cum Laude Graduate (1994)
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Joan Ethel Huebner Award for High GPA (1994)
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau (1994)



Professional membership

Academy Health
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Gerontological Society of America
Oncology Nursing Society



Frailty in Older Adults: Assessment, Support, and Treatment Implications in Patients With Cancer

Overcash, J., Cope, D. G., & Van Cleave, J. (2018). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(6), 8-18. 10.1188/18.CJON.S2.8-18
BACKGROUND: Frailty is defined as a disability in those of advanced age, often with comorbidities, poor nutritional status, cognitive decline, and reduced functional status. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to discuss the concept of frailty, assess the use of a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), and understand the implications for treatment to maintain or enhance physical, functional, and cognitive health of older adult patients with cancer. METHODS: Literature about frailty in older adult patients diagnosed with cancer was reviewed to determine evidence-based assessment and treatment options. FINDINGS: About half of all older adult patients with cancer experience some degree of frailty. CGA is a useful way to evaluate frailty and the extent of limitations. Many frailty-specific tools have been developed. Evidence-based strategies are available to address limitations associated with frailty in older adult patients with cancer.