Welcome to our September Newsletter

This year the SIOG Annual Conference will be held virtually on October 1, 2020 (3:00-6:00pm CET).  Register now
The Conference Agenda will include a short celebration of the 20th anniversary of SIOG; Presentations from the SIOG Working Group on COVID-19 which covers an ethical debate and noteworthy highlights in geriatric oncology.
We look forward to your participation and hope you can take time out to join the virtual meeting.

Geriatric oncology nursing care during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Rana Jin RN, BSN, MN, CON(C), Clinical Nurse Specialist Older Adults with Cancer Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Email Rana.Jin@uhn.ca.

Caring for older adults during COVID-19 has proven to be even more personalized and challenging at the same time. At the clinic where I work in Toronto, Canada, prior to the pandemic, older adults at the Princess Margaret Cancer, who were referred to a geriatric oncology ambulatory clinic, all underwent a CGA by a geriatrician specialized in oncology, and a geriatric oncology clinical nurse specialist. <More>

SIOG NAH events: NAH webinars

As many of you know, our SIOG NAH group has been working together with the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Special Interest Group Oncology & Aging and with the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) for the past 2 years to develop a position statement on oncology and aging. We would like to thank everyone who completed the survey to help us gather the inputs for position statement.
We now have a draft of the document and would like to get your feedback on the position statement on Specialized Oncology Nursing Care for Older Adults with Cancer!
We hope you can join us on September 21 at 1-2 pm EDT (7 pm Geneva Time).
We will also circulate the draft position statement by email shortly to all SIOG NAH members. This will help us to also incorporate the feedback of anyone who is unable to join the webinar.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 850 1272 5120
Passcode: 154702

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keg8zvdl77
Local call in number: 1 647 558 0588 (requires you to enter Meeting ID and # symbol))

Research (June-August 2020)

List of publications related to the care for older persons with cancer by SIOG Nursing and Allied Health members (June-August 2020):

  1. Sawa R, Asai T, Doi T, Misu S, Murata S, Ono R. The association between physical activity, including physical activity intensity, and fear of falling differs by fear severity in older adults living in the community. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. 2020 Apr 16;75(5):953-60.
  2. Saito T, Ono R, Kono S, Asano M, Fukuta A, Tanaka Y, Takao S, Sakai Y. Physical activity among patients with breast cancer receiving aromatase inhibitors is associated with bone health: a cross-sectional observational study. Breast cancer research and treatment. 2020 May 12.
  3. Sugimoto T, Ono R, Kimura A, Saji N, Niida S, Sakai T, Rakugi H, Toba K, Sakurai T. Impact of Cognitive Frailty on Activities of Daily Living, Cognitive Function, and Conversion to Dementia Among Memory Clinic Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2020 Jun 17(Preprint):1-9.
  4. <More>

Member Profile

Sophie Pilleron
Dr Sophie Pilleron, PhD, is an epidemiologist with expertise in cancer in the older population. She is currently affiliated with the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford and just came back from New Zealand, where she was a visiting researcher at the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago. Her current research aims at describing the age disparity in colon and lung cancer survival in New Zealand and England thanks to a Marie Curie Individual fellowship from the European Commission. Dr Pilleron previously worked and still collaborates with the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Other than that, Dr Pilleron has also led studies on nutrition-related topics, diabetes in low-and-middle-income countries, and dementia in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Future Events

  • The EONS Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Sept 19-21 2020. More information
  • The SIOG 2020 Annual Meeting Online will be held on October 1, 3:00-6:00pm CET. More information
  • The CANO Annual Meeting will be held virtually November 6-8. 2020. More information
  • The SIOG 2021 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology will take place in Canberra, Australia on January 12-14, 2021. More information


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