Since the Global Policy Dialogue on Cancer in Ageing Population in November 2019, SIOG is gratified to announce the completion of the expert consultations of the project. This will not be and in itself, but the beginning of an improved process of building supportive national programmes and international collaborations on both care and research for older patients with cancer.


Between 2009 and 2010, SIOG launched a global consultation to identify ten global priorities for progress and development in geriatric oncology. Guided by the feedback from the SIOG National Representatives, a publication entitled The SIOG Priorities Initiative was produced in 2011. The report formulated the outcomes of the consultation and was structured to give an overview of the scope of the 10 priorities in Geriatric Oncology, as well as the potential translation of the priorities into tangible outputs for uptake by health institutions.

To research the new edition of the report, SIOG conducted regional consultations with leading experts in the different professional roles working with older patients with cancer: academics; clinicians; healthcare providers; payers; policymakers; medical suppliers; private sector, think tanks and representatives of patients. The data and recommendations were used to define trends likely to impact the direction of healthcare in the next two decades for older patients with cancer.

For further information on the contributions and survey results , please contact SIOG Head Office.

Watch the meeting highlights here

Policy Review on “Priorities for the global advancement of care for older adults with cancer: an update of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology Priorities Initiative” published in Lancet Oncology in January 2021.

Join SIOG in building stronger health systems for the growing ageing population with cancer. Become an implementor of the next edition of the SIOG Top Priorities Initiative in your region/country. 

Country/institutional participation carries two pronged objectives:

1) Use national recommendations from the SIOG Top Priorities Initiative for increased trained health workforce and quality healthcare management at different levels of the health system, with due regard to the ageing population living with cancer, their diversities in culture, rights to health (affordable access and treatment), needs and expectations for whom these services are intended;

2) Implement the practice for the delivery and uptake of relevant health policies that are compatible with 1) equitable and sustainable development agenda, and 2)  minimised economic burden of health with regard to the ageing population living with cancer.

This project was supported by SIOG, with the help of an unrestricted grant by F. Hoffman- La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland. Roche had no role in the task force selection and scientific work and output.