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SIOG Working Groups

Currently SIOG has two working groups:

 

ESMO/SIOG Cancer in the Elderly Working Group

         

The goal of the joint Working Group on Cancer in the Elderly is to promote education in cancer topics specific to this population. The Cancer in the Elderly Working Group is a joint venture between ESMO and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) created in 2019.

Activities and responsibilities

  • To improve management of the elderly cancer patients
  • To better educate oncology professionals in issues related to elderly cancer patients
  • To raise awareness on specific needs and requirements related to the management of the elderly patients with cancer

Chairs

Committee Members

Experts Reports/Works

Expert report on the management of cancer in senior patients
Nicolò Battisti, chair of the SIOG Young Interest Group, has been invited by the ESMO/SIOG Cancer in the Elderly Working Group to release a video on the management of cancer in older patients. Nicolò Battisti has discussed the challenges of managing cancer in this population and the importance of geriatric assessments to guide decision-making. Nicolò Battisti has also outlined the results of four landmark studies presented at ASCO 2020 and documenting various benefits of integrated oncogeriatric care on hard endpoints, including severe toxicities, hospitalizations and quality of life.

 

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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).

Co-Chairs

Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti, UK
Anna Mislang, Australia

Members

Riccardo Audisio, Sweden
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, has been invited by ESMO to release a video covering the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of cancer in older adults. Anna Mislang has outlined 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 has also outlined the need for international collaborative research to elucidate outcomes in this population during the pandemic.

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