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Year 2022
July 2022

[Journal article] Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial on Impact of Comprehensive Geriatric and Supportive Assessment Versus Standard Care in Older Adults with Cancer Undergoing Curative Treatment: The Geriatric Oncology SuPportive Clinic for ELderly (GOSPEL) Study

20 Jul 2022

Authors: Wen Yang Goh, Han Yee Neo, Hui Lin Teo, Mervyn YH Koh, Konstadina Griva, Ming Yann Lim, Francis CH Ho, Allyn YM Hum

Published in: Journal of Geriatric Oncology. Published online: 15 Jul 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2022.07.002 

Summary points:

  1. Frail older adults with cancer are more likely to have significant symptoms affecting quality of life that may be worsened with curative intent cancer treatment.
  2. Ethics in providing curative intent treatment for older adults with cancer is tenuous considering treatment evidence are largely extrapolated from young and uniformly robust subjects. Older adult’s personal preference and priorities may differ from their family and physician. Many also values quality of life above quantity of life.
  3. The GOSPEL study aims to provide evidence for the geriatric-oncology-supportive clinic model of care to improve quality of life in older adults with cancer.

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