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About the SIOG Advanced Course

The SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology is our unique CME accredited training programme lead by international experts in the field of geriatrics AND oncology designed to provide specific skills in assessment, care pathways and therapeutic choices about the elderly patients with cancer in order to provide the basis of the assessment and the multi-dimensional approach that should be applied to elderly cancer patients.

This 2-phase advanced course is addressed to professionals in the management of elderly cancer patients who will acquire knowledge on the general principles of cancer treatment as a multidisciplinarity with case based programmes, discussions and debates in geriatrics for clinical oncologists as well as in clinical oncology for geriatricians.

Course dates

Phase 1 - 3 1/2-day course in Treviso, Italy from June 27-30, 2018
Phase 2 - this phase consists in attending the SIOG 2018 Annual Conference in Amsterdam from November 16-18, 2018

University Certificate will be provided to students only at the end of phase II on the proviso of attendance to both phases. 

Academic year: 2018


Location of the course

Phase 1 - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Centro Studi Achille e Linda Lorenzon - Viale Guglielmo Oberdan 5, 31100 Treviso, Italy
Phase 2 – RAI Amsterdam, Entrance E - Forum Centre, Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Purpose of the course

The course aims are:

  1. To provide basic information related to cancer medicine to the geriatricians and to the application of geriatric principles to the clinical oncologists
  2. To train young medical oncologists and geriatricians to work together. These individuals will become the bridge between the oncological and geriatric teams in their own institutions

The course is addressed at:

  • Medical oncologists completing their training since less than 5 years and medical oncology fellows
  • Other clinical oncologists: surgical oncologists and radiotherapists completing their training since less than 5 years and radiotherapy fellows
  • Geriatricians completing their training since less than 5 years and geriatric fellows

To register your interest and for further information please do not hesitate to contact: SIOG Head Office at

November 16, 2017 - the following article "Tumour boards in geriatric oncology" was  published in Age and Ageing (Bristish Geriatrics Society) and was based on contributions of several faculty members of the SIOG 2017 Advanced Course.
November 02, 2017 - 
an article on "A contribution to the future of geriatric oncology training: The SIOG Treviso advanced course" was published in the JGO. The article was written by Giuseppe Colloca and Silvio Monfardini.
October 05 , 2017 - an article on "The SIOG Treviso course: Students' perspective" was published in JGO. This article was written by two students who participated in this course in 2016.

This is why people want to attend the SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology

The programme is an ESO recommended activity and is held with the support of

Scientific programme committee

Course director
Silvio Monfardini (IT)

Etienne Brain (FR)

Course coordinator
Giuseppe Colloca (IT)

Martine Extermann (US)
Pierre Soubeyran (FR)
Tanya Wildes (US)
Laurence Verhagen (CH) – ex-officio

Honorary members
Riccardo Audisio (GB)
Lodovico Balducci (US)


Course programme

The course consists in a common part addressed to both clinical oncologists and geriatricians and two other successive parts for clinical oncologists on one side and on the other side for geriatricians. Case presentation and discussion are in common.
The course faculty will take care of the case selection and their presentations, subdivision of the participants in 4 small groups, and to follow their internal analysis of the case, before presentation of the conclusions in the general discussion.
The faculty are continuously present during the course and remain available as individual mentors, if requested, during the course and thereafter to determine whether there has been development of multidisciplinary treatment teams in each participant's institution within one year and vitality of these teams at five years.

Download the preliminary programme

Preliminary list of course faculty

Matti Aapro (CH)Silvio Monfardini (IT)
Lodovicco Balducci (US)Anita O'Donovan (IE)
Etienne Brain (FR)Shane O'Hanlon (IE)
Antonella Brunello (IT)Siri Rostoft (NO)
Kwok-Leung Cheung (UK)Pierre Soubeyran (FR)
Giuseppe Colloca (IT)Giampaolo Ugolini (IT)
Martine Extermann (US)Tanya Wildes (US)
Marije E Hamaker (NL)Troy Wildes (US)
Andrea Luciani (IT)




Under the auspices of

ASCO® is a registered trademark of the American Society of Clinical Oncology®. Used with permission. This is not an ASCO sponsored event.

The programme is an ESO recommended activity and is held with the support of

CME accreditation and diploma

CME accreditation will be asked for the SIOG 2018 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology.

At the end of the course, in accordance with art. 6 of Law no. 341/1990, students will receive a certificate as provided by art. 2, paragraph 5, of Title I of the academic regulations of the University. In accordance with the programme of Continuing Medical Education, the students in a university course are exempted from acquiring the CME credits for the current year (or 50 CME credits).The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart reserves the right to not activate or cancel the course if it does not reach the coverage of expenses.

To obtain the final certification, students are required to attend at least 80% of the teaching and training and the successful completion of all course tests.

The programme is an ESO recommended activity and is held with the support of


Ideal profile of the advanced course candidate:

  • Medical oncologists and other clinical oncologists completing their training since less than 5 years and medical oncology fellows
  • Medical oncology fellows
  • Geriatricians completing their training since less than 5 years
  • Geriatric fellows
  • Fluency in English


Attendance to the course is limited to a maximum of 35 participants and admittance is by competitive application. All applications will be reviewed by the Course committee who will make the selection of the course participants based on their application. Successful applicants must pay the admission fee in order to be granted admission to the course be able to be present during the two phases of the course.

SIOG Member-  EUR 1,400.00
Non-SIOG Member - EUR 1,650.00

Fees include:

  • Teaching and course documents,
  • Lunches and coffee breaks during the course in Treviso,
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner,
  • Access to online course proceedings,
  • 1 year SIOG membership for 2018 for those who are not yet a SIOG member
  • Registration to SIOG 2018 Annual Conference - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Not included in the fees are the travel expenses to the course in Treviso and to the Annual Conference in Amsterdam, hotel accommodation, dinners in Treviso, any lunches and dinners during the Annual Conference and transfers.


Key dates

Admission process opens - January 8, 2018
Admission process closes -  February 9, 2018
Notification of acceptance - March 2018


How to apply

The admission process is NOW closed.

Next steps

-       All complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Course committee
-       All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process in the beginning of March 2018
-       Successful applicants will have to pay their admission fee as marked above either by bank transfer or via PayPal
-       Once the payment has been received, applicants will receive their course confirmation along with all relevant course documents in due course

The programme is an ESO recommended activity and is held with the support of


PDF iconSIOG 2018 GO advance course industry flyer.pdf

Opportunities for industry partners for the SIOG 2018 Advanced Course edition

Oncologists and Geriatricians need to work together!

Support this unique training programme and help us achieve this goal. Here is how:
Download our leaflet and contact Sabrina Marchal at to discuss your participation.

Italian pharmaceutical companies

SIOG has chosen MCI Rome to collect - on behalf of SIOG - all applications from Italian pharmaceutical companies and file them with the appropriate Italian Health Ministry officials.

For further information and questions, please contact:
MCI Rome
Attn. Mrs Maria Grazia Paolelli
Via della Ferratella in Laterano 41
00184 Rome
T +39 06 70 49 5693
F +39 06 70 96 292