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New Global Survey Finds More Education Needed to Increase Provider Geriatric Assessments for Older Adults with Cancer

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Oncology providers familiar with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) guideline on older adults with cancer are two to four times more likely to conduct a geriatric assessment on patients with cancer over the age of 65, according to the first international ASCO survey aimed at determining if and how often cancer providers are using geriatric assessments when treating older adults.

In 2018, ASCO published a guideline entitled Practical Assessment and Management of Vulnerabilities in Older Patients Receiving Chemotherapy, which recommends that cancer care providers conduct a geriatric assessment on all patients 65 years or older to identify vulnerabilities (such as function, comorbidity, falls, depression, cognition, and nutrition) that are not routinely captured in oncology assessments. The guideline also recommends specific tools providers can use to conduct these geriatric assessments.

Read more about the new survey.