You can read about the NAH activities during the Annual Conferences and the SIOG NAH investigator award by following the links provided here:

SIOG 2019 Annual Conference – Geneva
SIOG 2018 Annual Conference – Amsterdam
SIOG 2017 Annual Conference – Warsaw
SIOG 2016 Annual Conference – Milan
SIOG 2015 Annual Conference – Prague
SIOG 2014 Annual Conference – Lisbon

SIOG Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
This award aims to recognise significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing and allied professions worldwide. Selected for the outstanding quality of their work, three Nursing & Allied Professional Investigators competed for this SIOG Award.

SIOG 2019 Annual Conference

SIOG NAH Poster walk
Thursday, November 14 – 19:00 – Poster area
Check out the best prospective and innovative studies for each of the SIOG 2019 scientific tracks
P068 – Patient-reported symptom burden and association of geriatric assessment (GA) impairments with the symptom burden in older adults with advanced cancer receiving systemic treatment – Eva Culakova (US)
P095 – A survey of the prevalence of long-term systemic anticancer treatment side effects and satisfaction with care in older people living with and beyond cancer – Kumud Kantilal (UK)
P110 – Benefits of Physical Activity on Reducing Cancer-Related Fatigue for Older Men with Prostate Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Meagan O’Neill (CA)
P124 – Geriatric Nursing Education in a Comprehensive Cancer Center – Soo Jung Kim (US)
P149 – Physiological, pharmacological and environmental factors implicated falling in geriatric oncology inpatients: A case control study in a major cancer center – Cassandra Vonnes (US)

Research on geriatric evaluation symposium
(Joint Symposium with Young SIOG, Nursing/Allied Health, EUGMS)
Friday, November 15 – 18:30-19:30 – Room 1
Chairs: Martine Puts (CA) (NAH), Gabor Liposits (DK) (young SIOG), Claire Falandry (FR) (EUGSM)
Impact of geriatric assessment on survival, function, and nutritional status in older patients with head and neck cancer: preliminary results of the EGeSOR randomized multicenter controlled trial – Florence Canoui Poitrine (FR)
Geriatric comanagement is associated with reduced 90day postoperative mortality among patients aged 75+ with cancer – Soo Jung Kim (US)
Prehabilitation in preoperative care of prehab as medicine-  Barbara van Munster (NL)

Geriatric Evaluation workshop
Saturday, November 16 – 07:00-08:30 – Room 6

SIOG 2019 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
This award ceremony took place during the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 16 at 15:30 in Room 1.

Recipient of the SIOG 2019 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award

Rei Ono (JP)
Rei Ono PT MPH PhD is an Associate Professor at Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Health, Kobe University. I completed clinical experience as physical therapist and completed my MPH and PhD at Kyoto University School of Public Health. My research areas are clinical epidemiology, exercise epidemiology, and gerontology. Promoting healthy lifestyle through exercise and physical activity is my main interest. My work involved in pre-rehabilitation intervention among patient with esophageal cancer before surgery to minimize adverse events following surgery and dual task training for healthy elderly in case to maintain their cognitive functions. Currently, my research focused on investigating the relationship between multidimensional frailty in elderly cancer patients before treatments and adverse events, and describing multidimensional frailty in elderly cancer survivors. Of multidimensional frailty, I especially pay attention to cognitive and social frailty.


SIOG 2018 Annual Conference

SIOG NAH Research Session
Saturday, November 17
11:30-13:00 – Breakout room

SIOG NAH/EONS/CANO Education session
Saturday, November 17
14:00-16:00 – Breakout room

SIOG NAH Round Table
Saturday, November 17
17:45-19:00 – Room E103

SIOG 2018 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
This award ceremony took place during the Presidential Session on Sunday, November 18 at 11:30 in the plenary room.

Recipient of the SIOG 2018 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
Grace Lu-Yao (US)

Dr. Lu-Yao is an accomplished cancer epidemiologist with expertise in outcomes research, comparative effectiveness studies, and clinical epidemiology.    Soon after graduating from Yale University, Dr. Lu-Yao worked with the world-renowned outcome research pioneer, Dr. John E. Wennberg, at Dartmouth Medical School, where she conducted large-scale clinical, epidemiological studies that generated evidence-based data to facilitate optimized care and shared treatment decisions. Dr. Lu-Yao has established an internationally recognized research program in prostate cancer outcomes research.  Many of her research findings on cancer surveillance, screening, and treatment for prostate cancer have provided benchmark references and were included in the professional guidelines and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many other major media outlets. Her research findings have raised the level of clinical awareness regarding over-diagnosis and over-treatment for prostate cancer in the U.S. 

In 2016, Dr. Lu-Yao joined Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University as an Associate Director of Population Science and established the Geriatric Oncology Research Working Group whose overarching goal is to formulate innovative clinical algorithms and to develop interventions to improve geriatric oncology care.

A SIOG NAH poster walk was organised on Saturday, Novemebr 17 at 16:30 – 17:00.


SIOG 2017 Annual Conference

SIOG Nursing and Allied Health Interest Group & EONS Joint session – Thursday, November 09 – 16:15-17:45 – Warsaw III
Chairs: Cindy Kenis (BE)

16:15-16:35 – Caring for older patients with cancer with a patient-centred approach: does it impact health status, quality nursing care and trust in nurses? – Andreas Charalambous (CY)
16:35-16:55 – Smart phone real time symptom assessment and management – Lisa McCann (GB)
16:55-17:15 – Falls in older patients with cancer: assessment and management – Schroder Sattar (CA)
17:15-17:35 – Dignity in care: developing, adapting and implementing the dignity care intervention (DCI) in community care for older persons in palliative phase – Ulrika Östlund (SE)
17:35-17:45 – Discussions and questions

Click here for further information on the SIOG Nursing and Allied Health Interest Group
Click here for further information on the SIOG 2017 NAH Investigator Award.

SIOG 2017 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
The three finalists were: Ramona Moor (BE), Mackenzi Pergolotti (US) and Kristen Haase (CA).

Recipient of the SIOG 2017 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
Ramona Moor (BE)

Ramona has achieved her Bachelor in Nursing at the Armand Weber Nursing School, in Verviers, Belgium and her Master in Public Health Sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, Belgium. Since nearly eight years, she works as a Clinical Research and Care Coordinator in the field of Geriatric Oncology (GO) at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels.  In collaboration with the other members of her multidisciplinary team, she has created a clinical pathway dedicated to older patients with cancer in her institution. Thanks to financial support of the Belgian Cancer Plan, she participates in several studies and coordinates a multicentric observational study focusing on the benefits of specific care for older cancer patients. Ramona is particularly interested in multidisciplinarity, geriatric assessment, active implementation of geriatric interventions, cancer treatment adaptation, perceived quality of life and patient’s satisfaction.



SIOG 2016 Annual Conference

Pre-conference – Wednesday, November 16 – 14:00-16:45
SIOG Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) session (open to all delegates)
14:00-14:10 Introduction SIOG NAH Group
14:10-14:35 Polypharmacy practical aspects of clinical polypharmacy assessment and management Ginah Nightingale (US)
14:35-15:00 Education of oncology nursing in geriatric care Peggy Burhenn (US)
15:00-15:25 Patient engagement in research Martine Puts (CA)
15:25-15:45 Break
15:45-16:40 Round table discussion based on group interest – All
16:40-16:45 Closing SIOG NAH Group

SIOG 2016 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award
The two finalists were: Martine Puts (CA) and Fay Strohschein (CA). 

Recipient of the SIOG 2016 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
Fay Strohschein (Canada)
PhD Candidate, Nursing Clinical Consultant
McGill University, Ingram School of Nursing, Montreal, Canada

Fay Strohschein is a PhD candidate at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.  Her research interest in treatment decision making among older adults with cancer grew out of her clinical work with the Consultation Service for Senior Oncology Patients at the Jewish General Hospital, also in Montreal.  She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Consultant/Nurse Navigator with this program since its inception in 2006.  Throughout her studies, Fay has held fellowships with the Quebec Network for Research on Aging and the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her dissertation study was funded through an Oncology Nursing Foundation (USA) Research Grant and a Fonds de recherché du Québec – Santé Doctoral Training Award. 



SIOG 2015 Annual Conference

SIOG 2015 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award

The three finalists were: Martine Puts (CA); Doris Lijsbeth van Abbema (NL) and Peggy Sue Burhenn (US).

Recipient of the SIOG 2015 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
Doris van Abbema

RN, PhD student
Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Doris van Abbema, RN, PhD student, is a nurse at the Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands since 2008.

She has worked on the Breast Centre of the Maastricht University Medical Centre and has participated in several projects, including a project to implement an individualized care plan for breast cancer patients and to evaluate the care of young breast cancer patients with fertility concerns.  

In 2011 she graduated as a health scientist at the Maastricht University after which she began her PhD studies on treatment outcomes in older cancer patients. She collaborated in the KLIMOP research group, which is a longitudinal cohort study on the long-term outcomes of older cancer patients. This study was performed in Belgium and the Netherlands.



SIOG 2014 Annual Conference

SIOG 2014 Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award
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The three finalists were Cindy Kenis (Belgium), Ginah Nightingale (US) and Heidi Yulico (US).

Recipient of the SIOG 2014 Nursing & Allied Health Investigator Award
Cindy Kenis

Geriatric Oncology Nurse
UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Cindy Kenis has achieved her Bachelor degree in Nursing at KH Leuven (2002) and her Master in Nursing Science at KU Leuven (2005), Belgium.

As a geriatric oncology nurse, she is coordinating the largest multicentric studies within the Belgian Cancer Plan (CP) (CP 2009-2011: 10 centres; CP 2012-2015: 22 centres) focusing on the systematic implementation of geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer, followed by geriatric recommendations / interventions and follow-up. Based on her experience, she started a PhD in 2013 within the field of geriatric oncology with the title: ‘Geriatric screening and assessment in older cancer patients’.