SIOG 2020 Annual Meeting Online

The coronavirus pandemic had dramatically affected health care professionals and patients worldwide. This was a very unsettling time for everyone and everywhere. In light of the current circumstances and in abundance of caution, travel and attendance could not return to normal by the time of the 2020 SIOG Annual Conference.

The SIOG 2020 Annual Meeting Online ensured that the geriatric oncology community continued to connect and collaborate, in times when live attendance was not possible due this serious global health challenge. The pandemic had impacted the treatment and care of our older patients.

The programme comprised of:

  • A short celebration of the 20th anniversary of SIOG;
  • Presentations from the SIOG Working Group on COVID-19 including discussion of ethical issues;
  • Rapid fire abstracts;
  • Updates in Geriatric Oncology;
  • General Assembly (SIOG members only).

Download the SIOG 2020 Annual Meeting Online Programme (pdf)

Article on website – SIOG 2020: New Research in Caring for and Treating People With Cancer Age 60 or Older
The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 2020 Annual Meeting Online was held virtually on October 1. In this podcast, William Dale, MD, PhD, discusses 5 studies evaluating potentially better approaches to caring for and treating people with cancer who are 60 or older.

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The recording is accessible free of charge for registered participants as communicated by email by the SIOG Head Office.
If you were not registered for the conference but would like to access the recording, please contact the SIOG Head Office at as the following fees apply

  • 10€ for Low & Middle-Income Countries Non MDs, NAH, Trainees (Only available for: Non MDs, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, Trainees from Low & Middle-Income Countries)
  • 25€ for Non-MDs, NAH, Trainees (Available for Non MDs, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, Trainees from High-Income Countries)
  • 50€ for Standard (Available for all MDs, non NAH and non Trainees professionals)

Pre-SIOG 2020 Policy Webinar

The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) had organised a webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on older adults with cancer. SIOG was pleased to have the World Health Organisation fully represented. Public health leaders, speakers from Governments, Ministries of Health and Institutions joined the conversation. This webinar was held on September 30, 2020 at 2:00-3:00pm CET.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a barrier to equal and evidence-based management of cancer in older adults.  Age and cancer diagnosis are significant predictors of adverse outcomes of the COVID-19 infection. The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) formed a panel of experts to develop consensus recommendations on the implications of the pandemic on several aspects of cancer care in this age group. The webinar aimed to elucidate the challenges of managing cancer in older individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic and outline relevant policies to address this challenge.