The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is kindly inviting you to participate in the Onco-Geriatrics Conference 2016 taking place in London, UK at the Wellcome Collection on December 8, 2016.
There is an important and urgent need to explore the UK’s cancer services increasingly servicing an older generation with complex and multiple conditions. Older people are less aware of the health risks associated with smoking, alcohol and the benefits of keeping a healthy weight and staying active. Evidence, including the National Cancer Intelligence Network Older people and cancer report demonstrates that older people are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer via an emergency hospital visit rather than recognising symptoms and actively seeking medical support at an early stage.
With older people, treatment options and support is often impacted by their overall health and other long term conditions or medication. Providing the best support and care requires knowledge of each older person’s circumstances at every stage of their cancer.
Suggested measures that can help improve outcomes include:
- Providing support for lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer and to make them fitter for more aggressive (but more effective) treatments
- Raising older people’s awareness of cancer symptoms
- Ensuring an early and appropriate assessment of an older person is undertaken.
- Delivering treatments based on fitness and patient preference, not patient age
- Engaging older people care specialists as an active part of the cancer care team and a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and management
- Facilitating coordinated care and informed decision making
This event is intended for clinicians and healthcare professionals working in the field of oncology who are treating older people. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and will enable a multidisciplinary audience of professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice in provision of care to older people with cancer.
Mini-MDT : Case Study Presentations
If you are interested in presenting your case /scenario please email firstname.lastname@example.org a 1 or 2 slide powerpoint summary. Each accepted case will have 15 minutes to summarise the case study and discuss with the attendees and expert panel. We will offer 4 presenters the chance to get opinions and feedback on their case in the afternoon case study session.
- “Updates from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)” – Mr Kwok-Leung Chung
- “Improving care for older people with cancer via evidence-based approaches to implementation” – Euan Sadler, Implementation Science, King’s Improvement Science and Centre for Implementation Science
- “Clinical trials for frail older people and novel outcome measures” – Professor Matt Seymour, Oncologist, Leeds, UK
- “CGA delivery and outcomes for upper GI cancer patients being assessed for surgery” – Dr Rob Morris, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- “Joint geriatrician and surgical breast cancer surgical clinic” – Juliet Wright and Malcolm Reed
- “Developing collaborative working the community, CCG and GPs” – Dr Emily Gibbs, Macmillan GP, NHS Southwark CCG Clinical Lead
- “National Piloting of CGA screening in oncology” – Dr Danielle Harari, Geriatric and GIM, Continence Lead, Geriatric-Oncology Consultant and Dr Tania Kalsi, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- “Long term consequences of cancer treatment” – Speaker tbc