Pragmatic geriatric assessment for cancer patients in Brazil

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Published: 30 Oct 2020
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Dr Antonio Fabiano Ferreira Filho - Oncosinos, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil

Dr Antonio Fabiano Ferreira Filho speaks to ecancer about the feasibility and results of a pragmatic geriatric assessment (PGA) in a Brazilian Oncology unit; a paper that was presented at this year’s SIOG virtual meeting.

It is a plan to bypass the most common obstacles in implementing geriatric assessment to older patients with cancer.

Dr Fabiano first speaks about the common obstacles to geriatric care in Brazil. He then highlights the aim of the PGA and how it can overcome these obstacles in geriatric care.

Dr Fabiano further explains the results that were obtained from this assessment and talked about how PGA can impact the future of geriatric oncology, not only in Brazil but in other countries around the world as well.

For the majority of geriatric patients with cancer, the dull reality still is never receiving any form of geriatric assessment. Lack of time and human resources, the complexity of tests, and financial issues are reasons frequently cited for not performing these necessary evaluations.

To bypass these constraints, PGA was designed with the purpose of efficiently and in a short time, evaluate critical geriatric domains, retrieving crucial information with minimal use of human and financial resources.

He says the PGA, as described, is not only feasible and effective but also practical. Speedily, It unveils important pieces
of clinical information and is highly suitable for use in oncology units where resources are scarce.

Dr Fabiano adds in the end that this method of analysing a patient’s condition in a few easy steps can be the next step towards patient empowerment and better quality of life.

He says that PGA is open-source, already in Portuguese, english and french, so that throughout the world, physicians, medical students, physiotherapists, nutritionists can use it and retrieve crucial pieces of information that will help in the care of their older cancer patients

To further know more about PGA you can visit

Read the full paper and abstract here.