Geriatric Oncology as an Unmet Workforce Training Need in the United Kingdom—A Narrative Review by the British Oncology Network for Undergraduate Societies (BONUS) and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) UK Country Group

Emma G. Khoury, Thitikorn Nuamek (Lead / Corresponding author), Sophie Heritage, Taylor Fulton-Ward, Joanna Kucharczak, Cassandra Ng, Tania Kalsi, Fabio Gomes, Michael J. Lind, Nicolò M. L. Battisti, Kwok-Leung Cheung, Ruth Parks, Jessica Pearce, Mark A. Baxter (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Cancer is a disease associated with ageing. Managing cancer in older adults may prove challenging owing to pre-existing frailty, comorbidity, and wider holistic needs, as well as the unclear benefits and harms of standard treatment options. With the ongoing advances in oncology and the increasing complexity of treating older adults with cancer, the geriatric oncology field must be a priority for healthcare systems in education, research, and clinical practice. However, geriatric oncology is currently not formally taught in undergraduate education or postgraduate training programmes in the United Kingdom (UK). In this commentary, we outline the landscape of geriatric oncology undergraduate education and postgraduate training for UK doctors. We highlight current challenges and opportunities and provide practical recommendations for better preparing the medical workforce to meet the needs of the growing population of older adults with cancer. This includes key outcomes to be considered for inclusion within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4782
Number of pages14
JournalCancers
Volume15
Issue number19
Early online date28 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • geriatric oncology
  • medical education
  • undergraduate
  • postgraduate
  • workforce planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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