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|SIOG 10 Priorities|
The SIOG 10 Priorities Initiative
Thanks to the global improvement in health care and living conditions, the world’s population is aging. In developed countries, half of the cancers already occur in patients aged 70 and older, so geriatric oncology is rapidly coming to the foreground of oncology practice. In booming Asian nations, such as South Korea or Japan, the aging trend is particularly striking. In fact, by 2050 the majority of older persons will live in developing countries. As older patients have a very variable health status, the need for proper integration of an oncologic and a geriatric approach has become increasingly important. Incorporating geriatric principles into routine oncology care will serve to optimize the treatment and reduce the functional impairment of older cancer patients and its associated social and personal costs. Given the size of the problem, governmental health agencies, international and local organizations, academic institutions, and the medical community at large will need to identify and primarily target the most pressing issues. Expert input is invaluable in this process, and therefore SIOG decided to build an expert consensus on top priorities within the field of geriatric oncology, based on the input from experts from each world continent. This document can be used for policy making, development of research strategies, and public information, with the final goal of improving care for all older patients with cancer.