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FREE WEBINAR entitled: "Towards equal chances: age disparities in cancer survival"
Access the recording of the webinar. The webinar was organised on December 9, 2020.

- Sophie Pilleron.

Dr Sophie Pilleron, PhD, is an epidemiologist with expertise in cancer in the older population. She is currently affiliated with the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford and just came back from New Zealand where she was a visiting researcher at the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago. Her current research aims at describing the age disparity in colon and lung cancer survival in New Zealand and England thanks to a Marie Curie Individual fellowship from the European Commission. Dr Pilleron worked and still collaborates with the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In another life, Dr Pilleron also led studies on nutrition-related topics, diabetes in low-and-middle-income countries, and dementia in sub-Saharan Africa.


FREE WEBINAR on Advancing Nursing Expertise in the Care of Older Adults with Cancer
Access the recording of the webinar. This webinar was organised on January 28, 2020.

-          Soo Jung Kim
-          Sincere McMillan

Ms. Sincere McMillan, DNP, ANP-BC, RN has a strong desire to provide excellent care to older adults. In 2014 she joined the staff of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Geriatric Medicine Service.  As an advance practice provider within this team, she addresses the clinical and psychosocial needs of hospitalized older adults with cancer. Ms. McMillan has devoted her career to the care of older adults and she is dedicated to helping educate future advance practice nurses. Along with her team she developed a clinical model to help educate nurse practitioner students concerning the intricacies of cancer care for the older adult. She is the recipient of a John A. Hartford Change AGEnts Action Award for this work. In 2018 she was awarded the ONS Excellence award for caring for older adults with cancer. She continues her work educating practitioners in geriatric oncology and received a 2018 Samuels Foundation planning grant to explore the creation of a geriatric oncology champions program for advance practice providers at her institution.

Ms. Soo Jung Kim, MSN, AGPCNP-BC graduated as an RN from Hunter College in 2008 and as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) from Columbia University in 2013. She joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2014 and is currently the outpatient nurse practitioner for the Geriatric Service, addressing the clinical, psychosocial needs of patients and facilitating care transitions interventions. She assesses and treats patients in the outpatient setting in coordination with the service’s geriatricians and other MSK health care providers. She has led multiple education initiatives for nurses focusing on Geriatric Assessments to improve care for older adults with cancer.  She continues to lead a biannual Geriatric Nursing Education Conference titled “Advancing Nursing Expertise in the Care of Older Adults with Cancer” in collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team. She has been very active in clinical research and has presented her findings at multiple national/international meetings. More recently, she developed an educational module on Frailty for clinicians in the oncology setting.


FREE WEBINAR on Geriatric assessment in day-to-day practice
Access the recording of the webinar. This webinar was organised on October 30, 2019.

Oncology teams have limited knowledge of the aging and cancer interface, leaving the needs of older adults often unmet, thereby leading to poor health outcomes.  Multidimensional screening and assessment is key to identifying and addressing concerns. Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) process can address the needs of older adults through the process of screening, assessment, implementation of interventions, and reassessment.  Conducted by a multidisciplinary team, the CGA assesses for frailty, geriatric syndromes, comorbidities, cognition, nutritional, functional, and psychosocial status, to assist in providing recommendations to reduce over and under treatment.  Research has demonstrated that after CGA, 39% of treatment plans were revised, supporting the need for CGA in oncology settings.

Rana Jin, RN, MSN, CON(C), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Oncology Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Allison Loucks RN, MN, CON(C), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Oncology Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The presentation objectives are as follows:

  1. Discuss CGA as an approach to informing recommendations for personalized cancer treatment and supportive care plans.
  2. Provide an overview of geriatric oncology screening and assessment tools, highlighting those most relevant to oncology practice. 
  3. Provide insight regarding how to introduce geriatric oncology into day-to-day practice through case presentation.

Oncology nurses have a crucial role in the cancer care of older adults, as the effectiveness of the CGA process lays within a well-established follow-up plan.  Shifting care models toward proactive approaches enhances the oncology care of older adults through care facilitation, close monitoring, assessment, and care facilitation. .

Impact of geriatric assessment in day-to-day oncology practice supports older adults with cancer and their caregivers for better health-related outcomes. Geriatric oncology education and training is imperative to advance cancer care for older adults.


FREE WEBINAR on Optimizing Psychosocial Care of Older Adults with Cancer
Access the recording of the webinar. This webinar was organised on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Lora Rhodes, LCSW
Lora is a senior social worker at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She received her BS in psychology from Penn State University and MSW from Rutgers University. In her current role, she provides psychosocial support in the multidisciplinary senior adult oncology, head and neck cancer, and cancer genetics clinics, and is a member of the lung and head and neck cancer clinical teams.  Prior to her current position, she worked in continuing medical education, developing education programs for physicians, nurses, and social workers. A social worker for over 25 years, she has presented extensively, both locally and nationally, on psychosocial issues facing individuals with cancer.


FREE WEBINAR on Polypharmacy 101: Targeting the Basics
Access the recording of this webinar. This webinar was organised on February, 27, 2019.
Dr Ginah Nightingale
Dr. Ginah Nightingale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US). Dr. Nightingale teaches on medication safety and medication errors, oncology pharmacotherapy, and oncology pharmacology among other topics. She also precepts multi-level student pharmacists and pharmacy residents on experiential rotations. Dr. Nightingale currently serves on committees within the college including Faculty Affairs and has served as the Chair of Jefferson College of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Nightingale’s is an Advanced Practice Pharmacist in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. She practices at the Senior Adult Oncology Center where her clinical duties include providing medication therapy management services, medication adherence counseling, and medication education to older adults with cancer.

This webinar is a program of SIOG’s Educational Activities, an educational division focused on strengthening the healthcare workforce for older patients with cancer.


The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) in partnership with International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) were proud to present the following webinar free of charge to SIOG NAH members.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Title: Oncology & Aging 101

  • Martine Puts, RN, PhD,
  • Manon Lemonde, RN, PhD,
  • Lorelei Newton, RN, PhD,
  • Fay Strohschein, RN, PhD(Candidate)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current state of oncology and aging in Canada.
  2. Identify age-related changes and concerns that affect cancer care.
  3. Identify key resources and screening tools for older adults to support oncology nursing care.