In addition, a high specificity is of interest in order to limit the number of fit patients who unnecessarily undergo GA.The screening tools task force was composed of a writing committee of geriatricians and medical oncologists, and a reference committee of geriatricians, medical and surgical oncologists, and two geriatric nurse practitioners (supplementary Appendix A, available at Annals of Oncology online for composition).Screening tools should be simple and take a few minutes, while full GA may take much longer.
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In order to update the 2005 SIOG recommendations, four SIOG task forces were established, covering different domains: screening, GA , geriatric interventions and frailty.
The aim of the current SIOG paper is to review the use of screening tools in older cancer patients, leading to a consensus statement.
Further research should focus on the ability of screening tools to build clinical pathways and to predict different outcome parameters.
The older cancer population is heterogeneous with respect to overall health status due to differences in co-morbidities, functional status, geriatric syndromes and socioeconomic aspects resulting in decreased physical reserve.
A quality score of the retrieved studies was carried out by LDC and KVP using the methodological index for nonrandomized studies (supplementary Appendix C, available at Annals of Oncology online) .