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MASCC 2016 | Looking beyond cancer: geriatric assessment

Jean Klastersky, MD, PhD of Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium gives an overview of a session focused on geriatric assessment. Supportive care or palliative care consultation is focused primarily on symptom management and coping strategies. Geriatric assessment has a broader spectrum, looking at the cancer within other health problems, nutritional and functional needs. Sometimes cancer is not the main problem for the patient and the symptoms experienced may be due to another condition. Doctors should look beyond cancer and do a correct geriatric screening in order to individualise the plan of care. Recorded at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO) 2016 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer held in Adelaide, Australia.