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Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) Task Force

Oncologists are increasingly confronted with the necessity of integrating geriatric parameters in the treatment of their elderly patients. The taskforce undertook a systematic review of the evidence on the use of a CGA in 2005.

In 2012, it was decided to update the recommendations. Since the amount of material to review has increased dramatically since 2005, the task force will consist of 4 task groups: Screening tools; CGA in geriatric oncology; geriatric interventions; and Frailty. The focus of the systematic reviews will be the literature pertaining to oncologic patients only. Each task group will have a SIOG Senior Author who will coordinate the group. Each group will have a writing committee and a reference committee.

Task Force chairs

Martine Extermann, USA
Hans Wildiers, Belgium


"Screening tools for multidimensional health problems warranting a geriatric assessment in older cancer patients: an update on SIOG recommendations" has been published by the Annals of Oncology. Read the abstract here.
The "International Society of Geriatric Oncology Consensus on Geriatric Assessment in Older Patients With Cancer" has been published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read the abstract

Use of comprehensive geriatric assessment in older cancer patients: Recommendations from the task force on CGA of the International Soiety of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Extermann M, et al. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2005; 55: 241-52