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MASCC Geriatrics Study Group

Leadership

Chair: Christopher Steer, MBBS, FRACP (csteer@bordermedonc.com.au) - Australia
Vice-Chair: Holly Holmes, MD (Holly.M.Holmes@uth.tmc.edu) - USA

Study Group Minutes
2016 Minutesalt - Annual Meeting - Adelaide, Australia

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.

2017 Workshop

2017 Annual Meeting Workshop, June 22, Washington, DC
Communication Challenges in Geriatric Oncology: Perspectives of Patients, Family Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals
The purpose of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary learning and skills practice in the area of communication and quality of life with a focus on older patients and family caregivers. The workshop format will include interactive and experiential learning exercises, such as role playing, video triggers to facilitate group discussion, and demonstration of communication skills by expert facilitators. Several case studies will be discussed. These will focus on communication and strategies for improving the patient experience throughout the cancer trajectory. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Geriatrics; Psychosocial.
Workshop Chairs: Christopher Steer, Lidia Schiapira, Penny Schofield, Fran Boyle, Holly Holmes, Belinda Kiely

Past Workshops

Recent Publications

Puts M, Alibhai SM. Surgical geriatric oncology: It is time for interventions. J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Sep;6(5):341-3.

Biganzoli, L, Lichtman, S, Michel, J-P, Papamichael D, Quoix E, Walko C, Aapro M. Oral single-agent chemotherapy in older patients with solid tumours: A position paper from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Eur J Cancer. 2015 Sep [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Morrison VA, Hamlin P, Soubeyran P, Stauder R, Wadhwa P, Aapro M, Lichtman SM. Approach to therapy of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the elderly: the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) expert position commentary. Ann Oncol. 2015 Jun;26(6):1058-68.

Lakhanpal R, Yoong J, Joshi S, Yip D, Mileshkin L, Marx GM, Dunlop T, Hovey EJ, Della Fiorentina SA, Venkateswaran L, Tattersall MH, Liew S, Field K, Singhal N, Steer CB. Geriatric assessment of older patients with cancer in Australia--a multicentre audit. J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 May;6(3):185-93.

Eid A, Hughes C, Karuturi M, Reyes C, Yorio J, Holmes H. An interprofessionally developed geriatric oncology curriculum for hematology-oncology fellows. J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Mar;6(2):165-73.

Papamichael D, Audisio RA, Glimelius B, de Gramont A, Glynne-Jones R, Haller D, Köhne CH, Rostoft S, Lemmens V, Mitry E, Rutten H, Sargent D, Sastre J, Seymour M, Starling N, Van Cutsem E, Aapro M. Treatment of colorectal cancer in older patients: International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) consensus recommendations 2013. Ann Oncol. 2015 Mar;26(3):463-476.

Morrison VA, Hamlin P, Soubeyran P, Stauder R, Wadhwa P, Aapro M, Lichtman S. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the elderly: impact of prognosis, comorbidities, geriatric assessment, and supportive care on clinical practice. An International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) expert position paper. J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Mar;6(2):141-52.

Decoster L, Van Puyvelde K, Mohile S, Wedding U, Basso U, Colloca G, Rostoft S, Overcash J, Wildiers H, Steer C, Kimmick G, Kanesvaran R, Luciani A, Terret C, Hurria A, Kenis C, Audisio R, Extermann M. Screening tools for multidimensional health problems warranting a geriatric assessment in older cancer patients: an update on SIOG recommendations. Ann Oncol. 2015 Feb;26(2):288-300.

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 1,500 members in more than 40 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

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