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Key dates

Opening of registration and abstract submission - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Abstract Submission deadline - Thursday, June 8, 2017
Early Registration deadline - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Late Registration deadline - Thursday, September 28, 2017
SIOG 2017 Conference - November 9-11, 2017


Welcome address

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 2017 SIOG Annual Conference which will take place in Warsaw, Poland from November 9-11, 2017.

The Society's mission statement is that the goal of SIOG is to foster the development of health professionals in the field of geriatric oncology, in order to optimize treatment of older adults with cancer. SIOG promotes these efforts in three important directions.

These are education, clinical practice and research. The annual conference helps foster these efforts by bringing together international experts in geriatric oncology to present the latest evidence based research in the care of older adults with cancer and to provide an educational opportunity for clinicians. Every year, the members of various Committees of SIOG work hard to provide an outstanding and attractive program to enhance and expand the scientific and educational sessions for a large number of international experts in geriatric oncology.

The worldwide population is aging, and cancer is a disease of aging. Thus, there is an anticipated rise in the number of older adults with cancer. In order to provide high quality, evidence-based care for this growing group of individuals, it is essential to meld the principles of Geriatrics and Oncology.

The theme of the 2017 conference, “From research to practice: incorporating geriatric oncology into patient care” will set the tone for the presentations. Due to the dedicated work of multiple investigators in Geriatric Oncology, there is more and more data accumulating on patient assessment and therapeutics particularly over the past few years. There is a need to incorporate this new information into practice and help form the basis of future studies. The sessions will emphasize the optimal ways clinicians can use the information to better assess patients and help make treatment decisions to maximize benefit. Research presentations will also focus in this area.

The programme will include multidisciplinary sessions on solid tumours, haematological malignancies, new therapies, geriatric assessment, supportive care needs and an educational forum dedicated to nurses. The SIOG Annual Conference also includes special sessions in collaboration with industry to present the latest therapeutic data and their application to the older adults. SIOG is also dedicated to the development of allied health professionals and junior faculty with the attribution of the SIOG Nursing & Allied Health and the SIOG Young Investigator awards.

Warsaw, nurturing over 400 years of pride as a capital, is Poland’s largest city and an economic, political, and cultural centre. The city of Chopin is a bustling metropolis and features an unforgettable history. A city where a fourth of the terrain is covered by parkland and a city of culture for all tastes and budgets. As a visitor you will be delighted by the city’s diversity – from renaissance buildings to futuristic skyscrapers. Warsaw is the youngest European Old Town (on the UNESCO list) – rebuilt from the post‑war rubble. As lovers of culture, art and entertainment, you will find much to enjoy in Warsaw: walking around the Old Town to see the Royal Castle with its two original Rembrandt canvases, as well as the Cathedral and the Mermaid Statue; enjoying a stroll along the Royal Route, packed with shops and charming cafes; visiting a prime example of social‑realism architecture, the tallest building in Poland – the Palace of Culture and Science – with its viewing terrace on the 30th floor looking out over the entire city. Warsaw is a city to explore, full of surprises.

So join us in Warsaw for the 17th SIOG Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmest wishes,

Stuart Lichtman
SIOG President
Demetris Papamichael
Scientific programme committee
Agnieszka Jagiełło-Gruszfeld
Local Chair
Ravindran Kanesvaran
Scientific programme committee
Siri Rostoft
Scientific programme committee

SIOG 2017 Scientific Programme Committee

Stu Lichtman, SIOG Chair, SIOG 2017 Scientific programme committee

Dr. Lichtman is an Attending Physician and Member, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, Member, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a member of the 65+ Clinical Geriatrics Program and Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Team at the Center. He has been on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of SIOG since 2010 and has participated in multiple taskforces (Chemotherapy, as chair, Geriatric Assessment, Renal Dysfunction, Lymphoma, Oral Chemotherapy), US National Representative and Scientific Chair of the 2011 meeting. He has been a participant in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (formerly CALGB) as a member of the Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Committee (1990-2008), the Cancer in the Elderly Committee (1995-present).

His work also included the Scientific Advisory Board of the Geriatric Oncology Consortium, the Elderly Taskforce of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, Cancer and Aging Research Group and the NCCN Guidelines Taskforce for the treatment, Evaluation of Older Women with Breast Cancer, Editorial Board of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, External Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Cancer Center, Governing Board Cancer and the Kidney International Network. He has been a member of ASCO since 1988 and have been an active participant by serving on the Clinical Practice Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Geriatric Oncology Special Interest Group, an invited speaker at Educational Sessions, ASCO University, ASCO Post and a faculty member of the ASCO/AACR Vail Clinical Trials workshop for five sessions on the topic of special populations. He has been a guest editor for a special edition devoted to Geriatric Oncology for the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2007 and 2014). He has published over 100 articles in peer review journals, contributed to nine book chapters and edited three books and have been an invited speaker and many national and international meetings on Geriatric Oncology. In 2014 he received the ASCO BJ Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology.


Demetris Papamichael, Co-Chair, SIOG 2017 Scientific programme committee

Demetris Papamichael is Director of Medical Oncology at the Cyprus Oncology Centre in Nicosia, a post he has held since 1999. He obtained his medical degree from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London in 1988. Dr Papamichael trained in internal medicine and obtained his Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) in 1992. His subsequent training in medical oncology was completed at the Royal Marsden and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College (FRCP) in 2002. Dr Papamichael is an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award winner. He is an active researcher and has recently been  involved in a number of clinical trials coordinated by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and the UK Medical Research Council/National Cancer Research Institute (MRC/NCRI). In addition, he is involved in translational research projects in colorectal cancer.

Dr Papamichael’s main clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancer, gynae malignacies, and cancer in the elderly. He has published his work in a number of peer-reviewed international journals. Dr Papamichael is actively involved in the teaching and organization of courses run by the European School of Oncology (ESO) and EORTC.  He is a member of ASCO, the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). Recently he headed a Task Force responsible for developing recommendations for the management colorectal cancer in the elderly under the auspices of SIOG.


Agnieszka Jagiełło-Gruszfeld, Local chair, SIOG 2017 Scientific programme committee

In 1991 she graduated from the Medical University of Bialystok,  many years working as clinical oncologist. Currently heads the Oncological Division in the Department of Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery in Oncology Institute in Warsaw.
Professionally focused on the treatment of breast cancer. Particularly interested in geriatric oncology
She is a member SIOG, now the Polish representative in this organization.
She is also a member of the PTO, PTOK, ESMO, ASCO



Matti Aapro, Chair, SIOG Corporate Relations Committee

Matti Aapro is presently Dean of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute, Genolier, Switzerland. He coordinates the SPCC programme of the European School of Oncology (ESO) and serves the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) as Executive Board member.  He has been member of the Board of EORTC and ESMO. He is past-President of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), is now on its Board of Directors for 2014-2016, and is appointed Co-Chair of MASCC’s Antiemetic Study Group, effective June 2014.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, associate editor for the geriatric section of the Oncologist and founding editor of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology (JGO). He is past Associate Editor for Annals of Oncology. He directs the website. He has authored more than 250 publications and his major interests are new drug development, breast cancer, supportive care, and cancer in the elderly. Dr Aapro is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Tampere  (2013) and has received the 2010 Acta Oncologica Award and the 2012 ASCO B.J. Kennedy prize.


Ravindran Kanesvaran, SIOG 2017 scientific programme committee

Dr Ravindran Kanesvaran is a Consultant in the Department of Medical Oncology of the National Cancer Centre Singapore. He is also an Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and clinical senior lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is actively involved in graduate medical education and is a core faculty member of the Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program and the Singhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program.

He completed his medical oncology speciality training in the National Cancer Centre Singapore. After completion of that training he followed up with a fellowship in genitourinary oncology (GU) and geriatric oncology in Duke Cancer Institute in North Carolina, USA on a Healthcare Manpower Development Program (HMDP) scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Health Singapore. His research interests include GU oncology and geriatric oncology. He has published in a number of well-known peer reviewed journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology and Lancet Oncology.

He has also been awarded a number of awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO GU) Merit Award 2009, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) scholar-in-training Award 2010 and European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) fellowship award 2012. He is currently the President of the Singapore Society of Oncology (SSO) and the Singapore Geriatric Oncology Society. He has been appointed as European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Faculty 2015-2016. He is on the Scientific and Education Committee and the National Representative for Singapore in the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). He was recently awarded National Representative of the Year SIOG 2014 award.


Siri Rostoft, SIOG 2017 scientific programme committee

Siri Rostoft is a medical doctor at Oslo University Hospital, Norway, specialized in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She completed her PhD about geriatric assessment in older surgical cancer patients in 2011. Her main research interests in geriatric oncology are the clinical importance of geriatric assessment and interventions and frailty. She is a deputy editor for Journal of Geriatric Oncology.





SIOG 2017 Track Leaders

Track 1: Solid tumours in the elderly and basic science
Nienke de Glas (NL)
Roman Dubianski (PL)
Robert Glynne-Jones (GB)
Anne Horgan (IE)
Karis Kin-Fong Cheng (SG)
William Tew (US)
Giampaolo Ugolini (IT)

Track 2: Haem malignancies in the elderly and basic science
Valentin Goede (DE)
Melissa Loh (US)
Petra Stolz-Baskett (NZ)
Tanya Wildes (US)

Track 3: Supportive and palliative care
Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti (IT/GB)
Holly Holmes (US)
Fumio Nagashima (JP)
Ginah Nightingale (US)
Adam Pluzanski (PL)
Carla Ripamonti (IT)

Track 4: Modern diagnostics and therapeutic areas
Shabbir Alibhai (CA)
Fabio Gomes (PT/UK)      
Michael Jaklitsch (US)
Cindy Kenis (BE)
Hervé Le Caer (FR)
Anna Niwinska (PL)
Janice Tsang (CN)
Hans Wildiers (BE)

Track 5: Geriatric assessment, nursing/allied health and patient care
Katarzyna Broczek (PL)
Tania Kalsi (GB)
Mandy Kiderlen (NL)
Marcin Maczkiewicz (PL)
Martine Puts (CA)
Barbara Van Leeuwen (NL)
Wee-Kheng Soo (AU)

Track 1: Solid tumours in the elderly and basic science
1.1 Breast
1.2 Prostate, bladder, kidney, genitourinary cancers
1.3 Lung
1.4 Colorectal & GI cancers
1.5 Gynaecological cancers
1.6 Melanomas & other skin cancers
1.7 Head & neck
1.8 Sarcoma
1.9 Basic science & translational research
1.10 Other

Track 2: Haem malignancies in the elderly and basic science
2.1 CLL
2.2 CML
2.3 MDS, AML
2.4 Lymphoma
2.5 Myeloma
2.6 Basic science & translational research
2.7 Other

Track 3: Supportive and palliative care
3.1 Sarcopenia, cachexia and nutrition
3.2 Bone marrow toxicity (neutropenia, infection, myelosuppression & anaemia)
3.3 Polypharmacy
3.4 Palliative care
3.5 Antiemetics
3.6 Bone health
3.7 Cognitive impairment & delirium management
3.8 Neuro toxicity
3.9 Mobility, ADLs and falls
3.10 Fatigue
3.11 Psycho-oncology

Track 4: Modern diagnostics and therapeutic areas
4.1 Diagnostics & genomic tools
4.2 Surgery
4.3 Radiotherapy
4.4 Chemotherapy
4.5 Immunotherapies
4.6 Biosimilars
4.7 Developmental therapeutics
4.8 Clinical trials for elderly cancer patients
4.9 Basic science
4.10 Other

Track 5: Geriatric assessment, nursing/allied health and patient care
5.1 Geriatric assessment
5.2 Nursing
5.3 Patient care
5.4 Communication
5.5 Ethical, cultural and spiritual aspects
5.6 Economics issues
5.7 Healthcare organization/models of care
5.8 Distress and psycho-social issues
5.9 Patient advocacy
5.10 Other

Industry partners

SIOG 2017 allows you to connect with the worldwide renowned key opinion leaders in Oncology and in Geriatrics, to share their findings and discuss treatment plans and care. SIOG provides you with a unique opportunity to carry out business face-to-face with the expert decision makers in this field with an ever increasing interest and questions. SIOG 2017 will of course address many of these.


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Key dates

Opening of registration and abstract submission - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Abstract Submission deadline - Thursday, June 8, 2017
Early Registration deadline - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Late Registration deadline - Thursday, September 28, 2017
SIOG 2017 Conference - November 9-11, 2017

The SIOG 2017 Annual Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland on November 09-11, 2017 at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre (Grzybowska 63, Warsaw, 00-844, Poland). The theme for this year will be from research to practice: incorporating geriatric oncology into patient care.

Conference venue and headquarter

Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre
Grzybowska 63
Warsaw, 00-844
Tel: +48 22 356 55 55



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General information

Warsaw – the capital of Poland. This amazing city is full of contrasts, question marks and surprises. It will excite and inspire you.

It is a city with the tallest four-faced clock tower in the world. Its faces are 6 m in diameter, making it the largest clock of its kindin Europe. The tower sits on one of the youngest, yet one of the most prominent, symbols of socialist architecture – the Palace of Culture and Science built in 1956.

Paradoxically, Warsaw’s Old Town is only 50 years old. After World War II it was proudly and laboriously reconstructed to its present form. In 1980 it was placed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Monumental and lapidary socialist realism sits alongside the subtle and ethereal Art Nouveau architecture, and modern-glass skyscrapers tower over apartment buildings. Every day Varsovians walk by the multitude of commemorative sites, and after work they relax in numerous parks and gardens. The modern office building designed by a famous architects Foster and Partners beautifully blends in with the neighboring Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was part of the arcade of the Saxon Palace before WWII.
The historic Praga district, which for decades was in the shadows of cultural life, is going through are revitalization process and is becoming the ‘promised land’ for artists and an oasis for creative endeavours.

An actual rooftop garden has been cultivated atop one of the largest university libraries in the capital. While within the historic walls of Łazienki Palace on the Lake, you can listen to hip-hop and the ever-present Fryderyk Chopin, where the famous composer himself used to play. Now that is an interesting contrast.

Warsaw is a city full of astonishing contrasts and it never ceases to amaze with its magnitude of dimensions and themes, which are there to be discovered, absorbed and understood by the inquisitive.
Popularly known as tourist attractions, Warsaw’s aforementioned gems can be discovered in several different ways. On foot, by bicycle, on a tour of historic sites or going on the Chopin trail, as well as attending concerts and festivals, listening to contemporary music, club-hopping or pursuing other ambitious artistic events.


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Contact us

SIOG Head Office (For questions concerning SIOG 2017 scientific programme)
1-5 route des Morillons, PO Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland 
Tel: +41 22 552 33 05 
Fax: +41 22 552 33 06 

Conference secretariat 
MCI Suisse SA, SIOG 2017
9, Rue du Pré-Bouvier, 1242 Satigny, Switzerland

Registration and accommodation (groups and individual) 
MCI Suisse SA 
Tel: +41 22 33 99 722 
Fax: +41 22 33 99 631 

SIOG 2017 Industry partnerships
MCI Suisse SA - Corentin Ruy
Tel: +41 22 33 99 614 
Fax: +41 22 33 99 601 

Abstract handling 
MCI Suisse SA 
Tel: +41 22 33 99 614 
Fax: +41 22 33 99 601