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MASCC Geriatrics Study Group

Leadership

Chair: Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP  - Australia
Vice-Chair: Holly Holmes, MD - USA
For more information or to contact this Study Group Leadership, please send your inquiry to mascc.office@mascc.org

Study Group Minutes
2017 Minutesalt - Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C.


Mission and Goals

The Geriatric Study Group will promote and collaboratively support the inclusion of a Geriatric Oncology focus within MASCC with the overall goal of enhancing best practices in cancer supportive clinical care. Our Goals are the following:

  • To function independently and collaboratively within MASCC with regard to the identification and resolution of geriatric oncology-centered cancer supportive care issues;
  • To serve as an expertise resource for MASCC study groups and the MASCC leadership;
  • To foster the understanding and appreciation of the underlying principles of geriatrics-focused cancer supportive care;
  • To promote enhanced communication and potential collaboration with external professional societies that have, or might develop, a focus on geriatric oncology supportive care; 
  • To advocate for the inclusion of geriatric oncology-centered supportive care research into the universal comprehensive cancer care research agenda; and
  • To establish guidelines for the management of cancer-treatment complications that affect the geriatric oncology population.

Past Workshops


Recent Member Publications

Recent Study Group member publications related to geriatric oncology.


Resources

The International Society of Geriatric Oncology, or Société Internationale d’Oncologie Gériatrique, is a multidisciplinary medical society of physicians in the fields of oncology and geriatrics, along with other allied health professionals. The Society has over 5,000 members in more than 75 countries around the world. Its goal is to foster the development of health professionals in geriatric oncology, in order to optimize treatment of older adults with cancer. Visit the Society’s website for more information: www.siog.org

AgeCare®, an Elite Research Center based in the Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark, is directed by Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSc. The center aims to optimize cancer therapy and supportive care for older cancer patients through a wide range of research projects. Its staff includes physicians in numerous specialties, medical physicists, and nurses. The team also collaborates with translational researchers, molecular biologists, and clinical pharmacologists at the University of Southern Denmark, as well as other national and international centers. AgeCare works with other groups and societies at the intersection of geriatric oncology and supportive care. These include the Cancer and Aging Research Group and the International Society for Geriatric Oncology, as well as MASCC. >>Read more

Bone Health in Elderly Cancer Patients: A SIOG Position Paper
MASCC members Matti Aapro, Jean-Jacques Body, and Annie Young are members of an International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) Task Force on bone protection in older patients with cancer. The work of the Task Force has led to a recent SIOG position paper: Bone Health in the Elderly Cancer Patient (Body JJ et al. Cancer Treat Rev, 2016 Dec;51:46-53; follow link for full text). The paper includes general recommendations for the use of bone-modifying agents, recommendations (with grades of evidence) for managing bone metastases in breast and prostate cancer, recommendations from the European Myeloma Network for the management of bone-related complications, and recommendations for nursing care as part of the multidisciplinary management of elderly patients with bone metastases.

A Perspective on Cancer Care for Older Patients
Lodovico Balducci, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, US, and Matti Aapro, of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute, Genolier, Switzerland, share their perspective on cancer care for older patients in a paper titled “Complicated and Complex: Helping the Older Patient with Cancer to Exit the Labyrinth.” The authors distinguish between, and stress the importance of, the complications and complexities involved in treating older cancer patients. They also propose a five-step strategy for negotiating the complexities and offer suggestions for building more reliable assessment instruments with the goal of maximizing benefits of treatment while minimizing the risks for this vulnerable population. This paper, published in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, is free online at the journal’s website: J Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Jan;5(1):116-8.

Books

ESMO Handbook of Cancer in the Senior Patient - Editors: Dirk Schrijvers, Matti Aapro, Branko Zakotnik, Riccardo Audisio, Hendrik van Halteren, Arti Hurria. 2010


Please contact the Study Group Chairs above with your questions.
MASCC Study Group Coordinator, Don Gubitosa