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Industry sponsored satellite session - Day 1

Localised tumours in vulnerable older adults: choosing the best treatment

Industry sponsored satellite session - Day 3

SIOG/MASCC joint session: Supportive care in older adults with cancer in 2018 - What does it look like?

  • Dr Andrew Davies is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Royal Surrey County Hospital / St. Luke’s Cancer Centre in Guildford (United Kingdom). He is President-Elect of MASCC, and Chair of the MASCC/ISOO annual meetings in 2019 (San Francisco, USA) and 2020 (Seville, Spain).

Case-based session: Innovative radiotherapies for older cancer patients

  • Anita O’Donovan graduated from Radiation Therapy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2002, and  joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy at TCD in 2011, as Assistant Professor, having previously worked in both clinical and research positions as a radiation therapist in Saint Luke’s Hospital, Dublin and Cork University Hospital. Her main research interest is geriatric oncology, more specifically geriatric assessment, education of oncology professionals, and the application of these measures in clinical practice.  Anita currently sits on the TCD Ageing Theme Steering Committee, led by Professor Rose Anne Kenny, representing the theme “Cancer and Ageing”.  One of the main aims of this research centre is to optimise opportunities for collaborative research between different disciplines. Ageing research is a main focus of TCD’s strategic plan, and is one of the major themes prioritised by the college. 

    Anita also has a keen interest in older patient advocacy and incorporating “service learning” principles into her teaching, promoting intergenerational solidarity and the adoption of positive attitudes towards older people by future healthcare professionals.  She is also involved in educational outreach for older people through liaison with Age Action Ireland.

Interaction between cognitive impairment and cancer treatment

  • Anita O’Donovan graduated from Radiation Therapy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2002, and  joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy at TCD in 2011, as Assistant Professor, having previously worked in both clinical and research positions as a radiation therapist in Saint Luke’s Hospital, Dublin and Cork University Hospital. Her main research interest is geriatric oncology, more specifically geriatric assessment, education of oncology professionals, and the application of these measures in clinical practice.  Anita currently sits on the TCD Ageing Theme Steering Committee, led by Professor Rose Anne Kenny, representing the theme “Cancer and Ageing”.  One of the main aims of this research centre is to optimise opportunities for collaborative research between different disciplines. Ageing research is a main focus of TCD’s strategic plan, and is one of the major themes prioritised by the college. 

    Anita also has a keen interest in older patient advocacy and incorporating “service learning” principles into her teaching, promoting intergenerational solidarity and the adoption of positive attitudes towards older people by future healthcare professionals.  She is also involved in educational outreach for older people through liaison with Age Action Ireland.

  • Chief of the Geriatrics Service, Division of Subspecialty Medicine
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York, NY

    Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD is the Chief of the Geriatrics Service, Division of Subspecialty Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. She obtained her medical degree from the University of the Republic, Uruguay and her PhD in Chemical Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Dr. Korc-Grodzicki then completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. Over the last ten years she has been dedicated to the care of the older patient with a cancer diagnosis and has been involved in the teaching of geriatric principles to multiple health care providers, students, house staff and the community. Dr. Korc-Grodzicki is the author of several papers related to geriatric syndromes and principles that have been published in national and international journals.

Young SIOG Research session

Young SIOG Poster discussion

Oral abstract session: Solid tumours and basic science

  • University Medical Centre Groningen, Surgery, Groningen, The Netherlands

    B.L. van Leeuwen, MD, PhD is a surgical oncologist with the elderly patient as main interest. She was employed by the Dutch Cancer Foundation 2006-2008 as a clinical and research fellow in “cancer in the elderly”. As such she gained valuable working and research experience in Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Whiston Hospital in Liverpool and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA. She started work in the University Medical Center Groningen in September 2008 and was rewarded a tenure track fellowship by the University. Since then she has been the primary investigator in several clinical and preclinical studies. Her main research focal points are preoperative decision making, screening tools for frailty in elderly patients and the etiology and sequelae of postoperative functional decline in elderly patients.

    She is a member of the board and research taskforce of Gerionne (Geriatric Oncology in the Netherlands) and the surgical taskforce of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG).