Geriatrics for the Oncologist

Geriatric Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Challenges in Geriatric Oncology in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Focus on Latin America

Enrique Soto Pérez-de-Celis, MD, and Theodora Karnakis, MD  / August 10, 2017

“Health-care systems in low- and middle-income countries need to shift their focus to providing care for older patients with cancer across the spectrum of disease and not simply in acute care settings.” — Enrique Soto Pérez-de-Celis, MD, and Theodora Karnakis...

Geriatric Oncology

Preparing for Future Challenges in Geriatric Surgical Oncology

Ruth Mary Parks, BMBS, MRCS, MSc, and Kwok-Leung Cheung, MD, FRCS, FACS  / July 10, 2017

Ruth Mary Parks, BMBS, MRCS, MSc Kwok-Leung Cheung, MD, FRCS, FACS In the past decade, advances in surgical oncology have been echoed in the field of geriatric oncology. The current literature regarding older people with cancer includes mainly retrospective cohort studies, focusing...

Geriatric Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Geriatric Oncology: A Multidisciplinary Approach in a Global Environment

Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, MD, and Stuart M. Lichtman, MD  / June 10, 2017

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Commack, New York, an...

Breast Cancer
Geriatric Oncology

Accrual of Older Patients to Breast Cancer Trials: A Critical Need

Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH, and Arti Hurria, MD  / May 25, 2017

Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH “Treatment patterns in older patients are highly variable, with undertreatment, overtreatment, and nonstandard treatment all frequently observed.” — Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH (left), and Arti Hurria, MD As the U.S. population ages,1 ...

Geriatric Oncology

Using Geriatric Assessment Strategies to Inform Patient-Centered End-of-Life Care

Amy MacKenzie, MD  / April 25, 2017

The comprehensive geriatric assessment provides an avenue for oncologists to discuss advance directives and the role of palliative care measures early in an ambulatory setting. — Amy MacKenzie, MD End-of-life care in any patient with cancer is challenging for the patien...

Geriatric Oncology

Future Perspectives in Geriatric Oncology: How the Young Can Care for the Old

Nienke A. de Glas, MD, PhD, on behalf of the Young SIOG Committee  / March 25, 2017

Guest Editor Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, ...

SIOG 2017 Advanced Course in Treviso, Italy

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) has a workshop to educate young investigators in geriatric oncology research. The SIOG Advanced Course, which is held in Treviso, Italy (June 28–July 1, 2017), is our unique continuing medical education–accredited training program led by interna...

Geriatric Oncology
Colorectal Cancer

Tailoring Treatment for Older Adults With Colorectal Cancer

Joleen Hubbard, MD  / February 25, 2017

Guest Editor Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, ...

Geriatric Oncology

Falls in Older Patients With Cancer: Recognizing and Reducing the Risk

Aminah Jatoi, MD  / January 25, 2017

Guest Editor Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Commack, N...

Geriatric Oncology

Co-occurrence of Cancer and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Allison M. Magnuson, DO  / December 25, 2016

Guest Editor Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Commack, N...

Geriatric Oncology
Symptom Management

Cardio-oncology in the Geriatric Patient

Anne H. Blaes, MD, MS  / November 10, 2016

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, Guest Editor President, SIOG As cancer therapies improve and the population as a whole increases, there are rising numbers of elderly patients with cancer. More than half of patients newly diagnosed with cancer are aged 65 years or older.1 In January 2012, it was es...

Geriatric Oncology

ASCO 2016: Geriatric Oncology Highlights

William P. Tew, MD  / September 10, 2016

The severity of grade 3/4 adverse events was similar across all age groups; however, there was a trend toward higher nivolumab discontinuation (14% vs 17%) and use of steroids (42% vs 47%) in the older age groups. — William P. Tew, MD Clinical trials focused on older adul...

Geriatric Oncology

Spotlight on ASCO’s Geriatric Oncology Webpage

Ronald J. Maggiore, MD  / August 25, 2016

It is our hope that this resource Webpage will remain dynamic and evolve over time, reflecting changes in emerging data; new perspectives; and, most important, feedback from ASCO members and other Website users. — Ronald J. Maggiore, MD With the increasing population of o...

Issues in Oncology
Geriatric Oncology

Safety Concerns Weigh Heavily in Elderly Patients With Cancer

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2016

The sheer number of older patients, most of whom are on multiple medications, magnifies the issue of monitoring adverse events associated with drugs. — June M. McKoy, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA Active pharmacovigilance in detecting and assessing the safety signals related to d...

Geriatric Oncology
Supportive Care
Leukemia

Assessment of Fitness, Function, and Quality of Life Essential in Treatment of Older Patients With CLL

Vicki A. Morrison, MD  / July 10, 2016

Effective and tolerable treatments are needed for older patients [with CLL], most of whom will die of the disease or its complications. — Vicki A. Morrison, MD Significant progress has been made in the past 2 decades in the care of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukem...

Geriatric Oncology
Issues in Oncology

Geriatric Patients With Cancer and the Problem of Polypharmacy

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2016

Andrew M. Whitman, PharmD Older patients with cancer generally have multiple comorbidities, with each often requiring separate medications. Studies have shown that polypharmacy and inappropriate drug use are prevalent among older cancer patients, leading to an enormous amount of preventable...

Geriatric Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Geriatric Oncology in Asia: The Dawn of a New Era in Cancer Care

Ravindran Kanesvaran, MD  / June 25, 2016

GUEST EDITOR Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Commack, New York, and Professor o...

Supportive Care
Geriatric Oncology

The Role of Occupational and Physical Therapy in Geriatric Oncology

Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD, OTR/L, BCG  / May 25, 2016

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD Guest Editor Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart ­Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center...

Geriatric Oncology

Supportive Care in the Older Adult With Cancer: What You Need to Know

Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP  / April 25, 2016

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology. The median age of patients at the first diagnosis of cancer in the United States is 6...

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Assessment of Transplant-Ineligible Older Adults With Multiple Myeloma: A Novel Approach in the Era of Novel Agents

Tanya M. Wildes, MD, MSCI  / March 25, 2016

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology. Myeloma is a disease of aging, with a median age at diagnosis in the United Stat...

Issues in Oncology
Lung Cancer
Geriatric Oncology

Management of Advanced Lung Cancer in the Elderly: A Reason to Rejoice or a Cause for Concern?

Ajeet Gajra, MD, FACP  / February 25, 2016

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology. There is ample evidence to suggest that older adults with a good performance stat...

Issues in Oncology
Supportive Care
Geriatric Oncology

Deconditioning in Older Adults With Cancer: A Cascade to Dependency

Lorraine K. McEvoy, DNP, MSN, RN, OCN  / January 25, 2016

It is estimated that nearly half of adults over age 80 living in the community are frail despite apparent functional well-being.1 Frailty is recognized as a clinical syndrome in which three or more of the following criteria are present: unintentional weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, ...

Issues in Oncology
Geriatric Oncology

Clinical Trial Design in Older Patients

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD  / December 10, 2015

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology. Increasing age is directly associated with an increasing risk of cancer, and persons ove...

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Oncology: A Geriatrician’s Perspective

Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki, MD, PhD  / August 25, 2015

“The management of older individuals, including older cancer patients, involves a wisdom developed over a lifetime, thanks to time-consuming listening and painstaking collection and interpretation of clinical details.” —Lodovico Balducci, MD It is not simple to be a geriatrician in a world of onco...

Gynecologic Cancers
Geriatric Oncology

Gynecologic Cancer in the Older Patient: The Activities of the Elderly Working Group of NRG Oncology

Amina Ahmed, MD  / July 25, 2015

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology.   The elderly population in the United States is growing, and by the year 2050, persons o...

Issues in Oncology
Geriatric Oncology

Guidelines for the Treatment of Older Cancer Patients: Task Forces of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology

Anita O’Donovan, MD  / May 25, 2015

Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatric oncology. The Task Forces of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) are active in va...

Geriatric Oncology

International Society of Geriatric Oncology: At the Forefront of Physician Education and Research Dissemination in Geriatric Oncology

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD  / February 25, 2015

The ASCO Post announces a new department on geriatric oncology to be published on an occasional basis. Geriatrics for the Oncologist is guest edited by Stuart Lichtman, MD, and developed in collaboration with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Visit SIOG.org for more on geriatri...

Geriatric Oncology

Evaluating and Screening Geriatric Patients for Treatment

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD  / January 15, 2014

One of the key questions in geriatric oncology is: How can we use all of the work geriatricians have done over the years in general geriatrics and apply that to the field of oncology? One-quarter to one-third of us are going to develop cancer throughout our lifetime, and half of the time it is going...

Geriatric Oncology

Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Population

Harvey J. Cohen, MD  / January 15, 2014

We have an aging population, which is a good thing since people are living longer. [But] cancer is a disease that tends to occur most frequently in older people, so the combination of those two events will lead to many more older people with cancer, a larger cancer population in general, and a large...

Geriatric Oncology
Issues in Oncology

Improving the Care and Study of Older Patients with Cancer 

Stuart M. Lichtman, MD  / June 10, 2013

Predicting toxicity in older patients receiving chemotherapy is an important clinical problem. It has been shown that standard oncology measures such as performance status are not adequate to predict outcomes in the elderly. Clinical measures that are important in geriatric oncology are not routinel...

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Oncologists: A Small but Passionate Group

Ronald Piana  / May 15, 2012

Although age is the major risk factor for developing cancer, geriatric oncology is still a relatively new discipline within the oncology community. To gain insight into this evolving component of cancer care, The ASCO Post recently spoke with a leader in the field, Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, of the C...

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