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SIOG COVID-19 Working Group

SIOG COVID-19 Working Group

The goal of the COVID-19 Working Group is to provide guidance for the management of cancer in older adults in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate the conduct of research on this topic.

Activities and responsibilities

  • To provide guidance to healthcare professionals on the management of older patients with cancer in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To issue advice on the prioritisation of anticancer treatments
  • To raise awareness on the challenges of managing cancer in older adults in the context of the outbreak
  • To generate opportunities for conducting research on these topics

July 2020 - The following guidelines "Adapting care for older cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recommendations from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) COVID-19 Working Group" was published in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology (JGO).


Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti, UK
Anna Mislang, Australia

Riccardo Audisio, SwedenMembers

Mahmood Alam, Australia
Etienne Brain, France
Clarito Cairo Jr, Philippines
Kwok Leung Cheung, UK
Giuseppe Colloca, Italy
Lisa Cooper, USA
Luiz Antonio Gil Jr, Brazil
Regina Gironés Sarrió, Spain
Michael Jaklitsch, USA
Kumud Kantilal, UK
Stuart Lichtman, USA
Anita O'Donovan, Ireland
Shane O'Hanlon, Ireland
Chiara Russo, France
Schroder Sattar, Canada
Enrique Soto, Mexico
Reinhard Stauder, Austria
Hans Wildiers, Belgium
Grant Williams, USA

Experts Reports/Works

Anna Mislang, co-chair of the COVID-19 Working Group, spoke for ESMO covering the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of cancer in older adults. In this video, Anna Mislang outlines that COVID-19 is an additional competing factor of mortality and morbidity to be considered in decision-making for this population and a number of strategies to mitigate risks when pursuing systemic and local treatments. Anna Mislang also discusses the need for international collaborative research to elucidate outcomes in this population during the pandemic.

WHO Resources