19th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology

Integrative oncology – Leaving no one behind / GENEVA Switzerland 14-16 Nov 2019

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Building capacity through a national Training of Trainers course on Geriatric Oncology


[MANILA, Philippines March 28, 2019]

Four organizations have taken a decisive step this month towards improving the quality of care for elderly cancer patients so that the Philippines would be in a better position to handle this incoming “grey tsunami”.

Today – the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Philippine Cancer Society and the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine (PCGM) have come together to work on delivering an Advanced Training Course on Geriatric Oncology for clinicians in the Philippines.

“We at SIOG are excited to bring our highly regarded Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology to Asia for the first time – and doubly excited that we are doing it in the Philippines. We hope that this would be the start of a national Training of Trainers effort to get Philippine-based clinicians more informed on the complexities of treating older patients with cancer” says Prof. Hans Wildiers, who is the current President of SIOG.  “As older patients have variable health status, the need for proper integration of an oncologic and a geriatric approach has become increasingly important,” he continues.

“The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer has risen among crisis-affected populations. Humanitarian agencies such as the Philippine Red Cross are now increasingly challenged with how to effectively tackle NCDs”, says Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman. “We hope that by hosting this advanced course, our volunteer clinicians will be better equipped in serving the population that we work for - indigent elderly citizens stricken with cancer – as we need guidance on tackling this in crisis-affected settings”.

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A better deal for those ageing with cancer

[GENEVA, Switzerland April 11, 2019] Thanks to efforts in development and progress in healthcare, human life expectancy is increasing worldwide. The downside to this, however, is the significant rise in cancer cases among the elderly.

Partnerships to improve expertise – A recently agreed collaboration between SIOG and the Philippine Red Cross, the Philippine Cancer Society and the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine is the first of a number of regional partnerships aimed at improving access to expertise in geriatric oncology. On 15th May this year, SIOG and the SEAMEO TROPMED and Public Health Network have invited countries to discuss current policies for the strengthening of human resources for health in Geriatric Oncology in South-East Asia. SIOG is currently completing a major study to underpin success stories, challenges, funding, and new care initiatives culminating with a policy meeting taking place at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 14 November this year.

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