Founding Chair: Professor Margot Gosney
The BGS Oncogeriatrics (or Geriatric Oncology) Group was inaugurated in 2015. Membership is open to any doctor, nurse or allied health professional with an interest in cancer in older age. Membership of the British Geriatrics Society is not a prerequisite to being a member of the Oncogeriatrics special interest group. To find out how to join, click here.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1.To promote the specialty of Geriatric Oncology to doctors involved in the care of older people
2.To bring together all healthcare professionals involved in delivering cancer care to older people to provide joint and integrated care models
3.To identify research and training opportunities for healthcare professionals involved in the care of older people with cancer
4.To facilitate multidisciplinary research in Geriatric Oncology
5.To provide expert body of knowledge to enable the BGS to respond to queries about Geriatric Oncology
We are grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for their encouragement and support in setting up the British Geriatrics Society’s Geriatrics Oncology Special Interest Group.
People are living longer and cancer is no longer a death sentence for older people. Outside groups are increasingly consulting the BGS and geriatricians directly on the various treatments for patients with cancer both in hospital and in the Community.
Building on this work, Macmillan now has an Older People’s Oncology Expert Reference Group (ERG) to inform the development of improved care and treatment for older people. Professor Margot Gosney and Dr Danielle Harari, both BGS members, are on that group