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SAVE THE DATE: May 15-17, 2019

SIOG Advanced Lectures in Geriatric Oncology

Asia Pacific is emerging as one of the key regions to witness significant growth of the elderly population with cancer. SIOG continues to push the boundaries worldwide, for better patient outcomes, for those in the aging population that are afflicted by cancer – both scientifically and through policy thought leadership. 

A Must-Attend Scientific Meeting

The SIOG Asia Pacific 2019 is a must-attend CME accredited scientific event convening leading medical practitioners in Southeast Asia and a core faculty from Southeast Asia, Europe and North America to discuss numerous cancer-related areas predominant in older patients in Southeast Asia.

This meeting is committed to promoting research and best clinical practices in support of highest standards of care for older patients with cancer.

A Meeting of Thought Leadership

The SIOG Global Policy 2019 will welcome decision makers and participants from all sectors of global health to discuss strategies to help strengthen the geriatric oncology workforce development in Southeast Asia through improved international collaborations, sharing of best practices and scientific information as well as quality continuing education, trainings and courses.


SIOG Educational Activities & Events

SIOG has multi-disciplinary faculty of over 300 geriatric oncology experts covering numerous cancer-related areas. SIOG’s Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and our collaboration with renowned cancer educational organisations allow us to produce contextualised scientific and educational resources, guidelines and tools.

SIOG educational activities are CME accredited and are presented annually.

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Convening at the SIOG Asia Pacific 2019, the SIOG Global Policy Meeting 2019 will feature a collection of high-level networking and engagement opportunities for leaders in global health.

As part of a global consultation for the next edition of the SIOG 10 Priorities Initiative, the meeting will bring together experts for a multi-stakeholder stocktaking on progress towards the achievement of UHC2030 with a primary focus on the health workforce development for the ageing population with cancer in Southeast Asia.

Keynote Address

Hon. Dr. Susan Pineda Mercado
Leadership | Vision | Service
Dr Susan Mercado is a medical doctor and public health expert with over 30 years of experience. For 15 years, she had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office where she led the response to some of the most complex challenges of public health today—noncommunicable diseases (including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity); climate and health; malnutrition; violence and injuries; disability; mental health and substance abuse; maternal and child health; and urban health and inequity. Previously, she was Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines.
In 2018, she was named as Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives and now works full time with the Philippine Red Cross, as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Centers for Health in Humanitarian Action with oversight of primary health care, blood services, dialysis, water sanitation and hygiene, welfare services and safety services/injury prevention.
Dr Mercado has degrees of A.B. Philosophy (magna cum laude), Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the University of the Philippines. She was named Distinguished Alumni in Global Health by the University of the Philippines in 2017. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in world in the category of Innovator and Thought Leader by the US-based Filipina Women’s Network.

Panel Chairs

Martine Extermann, Moffitt Cancer Centre, Tampa (FL), United States
Meena Nathan Cherian, Advisor, International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Director Emergency & Surgical Care program, Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research, Geneva, Switzerland
Hon. Prof. Schulich, School of Medicine & Dentistry, WHO Collaborating Centre, Western University, Ontario, Canada.

The SIOG Advanced Lectures aims to bridge the area of geriatrics with oncology players. The course Faculty is organised in such a manner so as to complement the works and findings of local/regional experts. The core faculty conducts these sessions, by injecting knowledge, skills and experience focusing on the geriatric oncology perspective including

(1) tumour perspective – but highlighting the relevance of age and differing biology when relevant;
(2) geriatric aspects – e.g. the impact of physiological reserve on treatment options/dosing etc. If for systemic therapy, the value of geriatric assessment (GA) in selecting treatment (systemic vs. local (surgery/radiation) and in optimising treatment once selected (with intervention following GA).

Preliminary list of lecture topics

  • Cancer in the older person: what is different?
  • Biology of aging
  • Screening tools
  • Geriatric assessment and interventions in oncology
  • Prediction and possible reduction of toxicity of chemotherapy in older patients
  • Delirium, depression, dementia
  • The other geriatric syndromes (sarcopenia osteoporosis, malnutrition, incontinence, etc.)
  • Polypharmacy & Nutrition
  • Supportive care issues 
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Fatigue
  • Breast cancer: cases and discussion
  • Lung cancer: cases and discussion
  • Colorectal cancer: cases and discussion