Polypharmacy and medication management in geriatric oncology

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Published: 5 Dec 2019
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Dr Ginah Nightingale - Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA

Dr Gina Nightingale speaks to ecancer at the SIOG 2019 meeting about her involvement with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC).

Firstly, Dr Nightingale outlines why polypharmacy management is a problem in older patients, and why it is a common scenario leading to adverse events.

She describes the model used at her cancer centre, and outlines why she thinks it is a good way forward, where patients using multiple medications can be reviewed and potentially interventions can be made to reduce the number of drugs being used.

This service has been kindly supported by unrestricted grants from Janssen Oncology and Sanofi Genzyme.