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SAVE THE DATE: May 15-18, 2019

SIOG Advanced Lectures in Geriatric Oncology

Asia Pacific is emerging as one of the key regions to witness significant growth of the elderly population with cancer. SIOG continues to push the boundaries worldwide, for better patient outcomes, for those in the aging population that are afflicted by cancer – both scientifically and through policy thought leadership. 

A Must-Attend Scientific Meeting

The SIOG Asia Pacific 2019 is a must-attend CME/CPD accredited scientific event convening leading medical practitioners in Southeast Asia and a core faculty from Southeast Asia, Europe and North America to discuss numerous cancer-related areas predominant in older patients in Southeast Asia.

This meeting is committed to promoting research and best clinical practices in support of highest standards of care for older patients with cancer.

A Meeting of Thought Leadership

The SIOG Policy 2019 will welcome decision makers and participants from all sectors of global health to discuss strategies to help strengthen the geriatric oncology workforce development in Southeast Asia through improved international collaborations, sharing of best practices and scientific information as well as quality continuing education, trainings and courses.

Attendance at this free event was by
invitation only.


SIOG Educational Activities & Events

SIOG has multi-disciplinary faculty of over 300 geriatric oncology experts covering numerous cancer-related areas. SIOG’s Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and our collaboration with renowned cancer educational organisations allow us to produce contextualised scientific and educational resources, guidelines and tools.

SIOG educational activities are CME accredited and are presented annually.

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This educational event was supported with an Independent Medical Education Grant from Pfizer.

Keynote Address

Hon. Dr. Susan Pineda Mercado
Leadership | Vision | Service
Dr Susan Mercado is a medical doctor and public health expert with over 30 years of experience. For 15 years, she had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office where she led the response to some of the most complex challenges of public health today—noncommunicable diseases (including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity); climate and health; malnutrition; violence and injuries; disability; mental health and substance abuse; maternal and child health; and urban health and inequity. Previously, she was Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines.
In 2018, she was named as Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives and now works full time with the Philippine Red Cross, as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Centers for Health in Humanitarian Action with oversight of primary health care, blood services, dialysis, water sanitation and hygiene, welfare services and safety services/injury prevention.
Dr Mercado has degrees of A.B. Philosophy (magna cum laude), Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the University of the Philippines. She was named Distinguished Alumni in Global Health by the University of the Philippines in 2017. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in world in the category of Innovator and Thought Leader by the US-based Filipina Women’s Network.

Country Speakers

  • Brunei Darussalam, Dr. Awang Hj Muhammad Syafiq bin Abdullah, Consultant Oncologist & Chief of Medical Service, Ministry of Health
  • Cambodia, Dr. Hok Sirany, Vice-Chief – Noncommunicable Disease Bureau, Ministry of Health
  • Indonesia, Dr. Cut Putri Arianie, Director of Prevention & Control of NCDs, Ministry of Health
  • Lao, PDR, Dr. Niranh Phouminh, Director General – Health Professional Education Department, Ministry of Health
  • Malaysia, Dr. Nor Saleha Inrahim Tamin, Senior Principal Assistant Director, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health
  • Myanmar, Dr. Khaw Khaing, Director, International Health Division, Ministry of Health
  • Philippines, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, Director for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Health
  • Singapore, Dr. William Hwang, Medical Director of National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
  • Thailand, Dr. Piyawat Laowahutanont, Chief of Gynaecology Oncology Division, National Cancer Institute
  • Thailand, Dr. Prasert Assantachai, President at Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Preparing the Next Generation of Clinicians, Nurses and Allied Health Workers to the challenges of cancer and ageing : Dr. Carmencita M. David-Padilla, Chancellor, University of the Philippines, Manila

Panel Chairs

  • Dr. Martine Extermann, Moffitt Cancer Centre, Tampa (FL), United States
  • Prof. Dr. Ma. Sandra Tempongko, Deputy Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED & Public Health Network, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dr. Meena Nathan Cherian, International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Director Emergency & Surgical Care program - Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research, Geneva, Switzerland - Hon. Prof. Schulich, School of Medicine & Dentistry, WHO Collaborating Centre, Western University, Ontario, Canada

The SIOG Advanced Lectures in Geriatric Oncology  aims to bridge the area of geriatrics with oncology players. The course Faculty is organised in such a manner so as to complement the works and findings of local/regional experts. As SIOG, the core faculty conducts these sessions, by injecting knowledge, skills and experience focusing on the geriatric oncology perspective, which could include (1) tumour perspective – but highlighting the relevance of age and differing biology when relevant; (2) geriatric aspects – e.g. the impact of physiological reserve on treatment options/dosing etc. if for systemic therapy, the value of geriatric assessment (GA) in selecting treatment (systemic vs local (surgery/radiation) and in optimizing treatment once selected (with intervention following GA). 


  • Cancer in the older person: what is different?
  • Biology of aging
  • Screening tools
  • Geriatric assessment and interventions in oncology
  • Prediction and possible reduction of toxicity of chemotherapy in older patients
  • Delirium, depression, dementia
  • The other geriatric syndromes (sarcopenia osteoporosis, malnutrition, incontinence, etc.)
  • Polypharmacy & Nutrition
  • Supportive care issues 
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Fatigue
  • Breast cancer: cases and discussion
  • Lung cancer: cases and discussion
  • Colorectal cancer: cases and discussion


  • Prof. Hans Wildiers (BE)
  • Dr. Roy J. Cuison (PH)
  • Dr. Etienne Brain (FR)
  • Assoc. Prof. Ravindran Kanesvaran (SG)
  • Dr. Maurice Sañosa (PH)
  • Dr. Deana Santos-Ringor (PH)
  • Dr. Prasert Assantachai (TH)
  • Dr. Virgith Buena (PH)
  • Dr. Martine Extermann (US)
  • Dr. Leila Ferrer (PH)
  • Dr. Nickamil Sanchez (PH)
  • Dr. Arthur Catli (PH)
  • Dr. Divyanshu Dua (AUS)

Experts tackle medical care for elderly persons with cancer

[MANILA, Philippines May 15, 2019] Medical experts, doctors, scientists, academics and political leaders in Asia Pacific countries convened on Wednesday to formulate medical care policies for countries with increased cancer cases among older populations.

In her keynote speech at the 2019 International Society of Geriartic Oncology (SIOG) policy meeting, Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, deputy secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, stressed that changes in the aging population's disease structure create the need for specific types of medical care in the country.

Citing that many among the elderly have cancer or are more prone to the disease, Mercado said the government must promote appropriate care for them. <Continue Reading>


Asian healthcare must plan for greying populations 

[MANILA, Philippines, May 19, 2019] The “feminisation of ageing” is among problems facing countries in the Asia Pacific region that are ill-equipped to provide proper healthcare—including cancer treatment—for the elderly, an international conference in the Philippine capital heard this week.

WHO data published in 2018 show life expectancy in the Philippines to be 66.2 years for males and 72.6 years for females. Cancer mortality claimed 28,700 males and 27,900 females in 2014, according to WHO.

“Women tend to live longer than men,” Susan Mercado, deputy secretary general, Philippine Red Cross, told a policy meeting convened Wednesday (15 May) by the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health. <Continue Reading>


Red Cross joins partnership to boost healthcare for elderly cancer patients

[MANILA, Philippines April 10, 2019] The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to expand its healthcare program as it partnered with three organizations to strengthen services for cancer-stricken elderly patients through intensive training.   PRC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), the Philippine Cancer Society and the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine (PCGM) to work on delivering an Advanced Training Course on Geriatric Oncology for clinicians in the Philippines.


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.

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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Partnership to strengthen cancer care for the elderly population in the Philippines

[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 the 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.<More>
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