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Localised tumours in vulnerable older adults: choosing the best treatment

  • Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, Clinical Oncology, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Dr Kelly trained in clinical oncology in Glasgow and Edinburgh Cancer centres. He has been working at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1993, and has been Head of Radiotherapy from 2012 to 2017. His main clinical interests are head neck cancer, thyroid cancer and skin cancer and melanoma. These particular subsites have helped develop an interest in cancer in the older patient.

    Dr Kelly's other main interest is in medical education and he initiated and is the Degree Program Director for the Newcastle University online MSc, diploma and certificate courses in Oncology, Palliative Care & Oncology for Pharma.

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.

  • Positions

    1996-1997: Trainee in Radiation Oncology, Leuven University, Belgium
    1997-1999: Free assistant in Orthopaedics, Sint-Lucas Hospital, Bruges
    1999-2011: Medical advisor Mutualité Libre – Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen
    -           Member of the College of Medical Directors
    -           Member of the Technical Medical Board and related working groups
    -           Member of the Technical Board for Implants
    2011-2016: Trainee in Radiation Oncology, Ghent University, Belgium
    2016 till now: Research fellow at the department of Radiation Oncology, Ghent University, Belgium
    February 2018: President of the Commission for reimbursement of implants and invasive devices, NIHDA

    Education

    1989-96: Medical sciences, Leuven University, Belgium
    1998-99: Advanced master of Insurance Medicine and Medico-legal Expertise, Inter-university Course (Leuven – Antwerp – Ghent)
    2011-16: Master of specialist Medicine – Radiation Oncology, Ghent University, Belgium
    27-6-2018: PhD on accelerated adjuvant breast radiotherapy

Oral abstract session 1: Solid tumours in the elderly 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).

Interaction between cognitive impairment and cancer treatment

  • 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.

Oral abstract session 2: Geriatric assessment, nursing/allied health and patient care

  • 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.

Multidisciplinary approaches in decision making in solid tumours