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Highlights of the 2022 Annual Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology

The 2022 Annual Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 28–30, 2022. The meeting was held in conjunction with the SIOG 2022 Public Policy Meeting: Global Policy to Action on Cancer in the Aging Population at UN Headquarters...

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Cancer in Older Adults: The History of Geriatric Oncology, Part 2: 1990–2020

In part 1 of this three-part article, which was published in the October 10, 2020, issue of The ASCO Post, we chronicled the progress made in geriatric oncology up to the decade of the 1990s, which saw an explosion of research activity in the study of aging and cancer. In part 2, we review the...

Expert Point of View: Martine Extermann, MD, PhD

As invited discussant of the GAMMA-1 trial, Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, first commented on the “teaser” in the findings—the potential for benefit of andecaliximab in older patients. “The drug works better in older patients. As a...

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Pioneer in Geriatric Oncology, Hyman Muss, MD, Continues to Improve Care for Older Patients

Hyman Muss, MD, a pioneer in geriatric oncology, considers himself “a real Brooklyn boy.” His father was a dentist, and his uncle was a general practitioner. “They both practiced out of a small brownstone house in Brownsville-Crown Heights. It was sort of reminiscent of the famous movie The Last...

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The Complexities of Care for Older Cancer Survivors

Integrated care, a focus on prevention and screening, and acknowledgment of comorbidities on the impact of treatment all play a critical role in the cancer survivorship of older patients, according to Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, a medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida....

Scenes From ASCO 2016

1. General views. Photo © ASCO/Matt Herp 2016; 2. Amanda Redig, MD, PhD, recipient of the 2016 Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award. Photo © ASCO/Danny Morton 2016; 3. Himisha Beltran, MD, speaks during Precision Medicine in Advanced Prostate Cancer: Understanding Genomics,...

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Evaluating and Screening Geriatric Patients for Treatment

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...

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, Honored at the International Society of Geriatric Oncology’s Annual Meeting in Portugal

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, Senior Member of the Senior Adult Oncology and Health Outcomes & Behavior Programs at Moffitt Cancer Center, was the recipient of the 2014 Paul Calabresi Award. Named after the first president of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), the award...

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

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 for more on...


Our Aging Population: Challenges in Caring for Older Patients With Cancer

Managing older-aged cancer patients represents one of the major challenges to our health-care system. Caring for older cancer patients, with their frequent multiple morbidities and a variable health status, requires special integration of an oncologic and geriatric approach. Moreover, our aging...

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ASCO 2015: Geriatric Oncology Highlights

The theme of the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, Illumination and Innovation, is especially appropriate as we consider the field of geriatric oncology. For too long, the elderly cancer patient has remained in the dark regarding treatment planning, clinical trial enrollment, and shared decision-making....

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, Recognized for Her Work in Geriatric Oncology at Assembly in Basel, Switzerland

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, senior member of Moffitt’s Senior Adult Oncology Program, has been honored with the Geriatric Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award, originally known as the “Preis geriatrische Onkologie für das Lebenswerk 2015,” at this year’s German, Austrian, and Swiss Congress of the...