[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.
The chair of the initiative, Martine Extermann, senior adult oncology, Moffitt Cancer Centre, adds that the SIOG report due in 2019 will consolidate country recommendations to generate and communicate knowledge to the stakeholders of cancer in ageing, thus contributing directly or indirectly to equitable health development in country settings; adapting and applying knowledge generated elsewhere for the achievement of international health development; and contributing to the global knowledge database.
The development of elderly cancer care models must embrace and incorporate the fundamental principles of geriatric oncology, says the president of SIOG, Hans Wildiers, a medical oncologist from UZ Leuven, Belgium.
The SIOG community and its country partners will continue to push the boundaries worldwide for better patient outcomes for those in the ageing population that are afflicted by cancer—both scientifically and through policy thought leadership. By doing this, it is contributing to the vision of Kofi Annan for the promotion of solidarity between generations in combating discrimination against older patients and in building a future of security, opportunity for treatment and dignity for them.
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