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Strongest evidence backs two tools for evaluating older people with cancer


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JAMA Oncology
Reuters Health - 19/01/2021 - A systematic review and meta-analysis has pinpointed the Geriatric-8 and VES-13 as assessment tools with the strongest evidence for use with older adults with cancer. The study was undertaken as part of the University of Technology Sydney's work with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia to develop online geriatric oncology guidelines for cancer care clinicians, said principal author Dr. Jane Phillips. A geriatric assessment is recommended for older people newly diagnosed or with recurrent cancer, she said, but "time and funding constraints and workforce issues have limited its uptake in Australia, as well as elsewhere." "The clinician-administered Geriatric-8 is the most suitable tool at this time to use," she said. "However, in resource-poor settings, the patient-administered VES-13 is a potentially suitable alternative." "Like all screening tools," she added, "there is always some trade-off between specificity and sensiti...


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