Updated Geriatric Oncology Guidelines

Dr. William Dale, director of the Center for Cancer and Aging and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment organization, discusses the updated cancer and aging guideline released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. A geriatric assessment is defined as an evaluation of an older adult’s physical and cognitive abilities, emotional health, co-existing medical conditions, medications, nutrition, and social circumstances. This assessment is suggested to help clinicians modify cancer treatment and improve patient’s quality of life. The update includes a new tool so that the largest demographic of cancer patients has an increased chance of receiving precision medicine and improved health outcomes. More information can be found at mycarg.org or you can ask Dr. Dale on Twitter @WilliamDale_MD.

William Dale, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Center for Cancer and Aging and vice chair for academic affairs at City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States. A board-certified supportive medicine physician and geriatrician with a doctorate in health policy, Dale has devoted his career to improving the lives of older adults with cancer. His research is focused on medical decision making, behavioral economics, quality of life and frailty evaluation in older adults – primarily those with cancer. Dale aims to improve precision medicine for older adults with cancer, including helping them receive supportive care interventions when needed. More information can be found at mycarg.org or you can tweet him @WilliamDale_MD.

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