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J Geriatr Oncol. 2019 Nov 12. pii: S1879-4068(19)30403-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2019.10.020. [Epub ahead of print]

Educating healthcare providers in geriatric oncology - A call to accelerate progress through identifying the gaps in knowledge.

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Division of Medical Oncology, Ottawa General Hospital, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Electronic address:
Department of Geriatrics, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, Mexico City, Mexico.
Center for Cancer and Aging, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA.
Geriatrics Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA.
Division of Medical Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA.
National Cancer Centre Singapore, Division of Medical Oncology, Singapore.
Wilmot Cancer Institute, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA; Divisions of Medical Oncology and Geriatrics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA.


The majority of patients with cancer are over the age of 65. This patient population often has unique care needs. Thus, clinicians require additional competencies and skills to care for this population. Most clinicians, however, receive little to no training in geriatrics. There has been increasing recognition of the importance of learning about geriatric oncology. However, teaching of geriatric oncology principles is not standard or widespread. Here we highlight educational work and scholarship accomplished thus far in the field of geriatric oncology and identify gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed in order to help accelerate the development, implementation, integration, and dissemination of geriatric oncology curricula. These, in turn, will hopefully help improve the knowledge and skills of clinicians caring for older adults with cancer globally.


Continuing professional development; Curriculum delivery; Education; Fellowship; Geriatric oncology; Needs assessment; Residency


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