|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 796-797
Authors' reply to Banerjee et al., Gunasekaran, and Mehra et al.
Vanita Noronha, Anant Ramaswamy, Kumar Prabhash
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||25-Nov-2021|
|Date of Decision||26-Nov-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||26-Nov-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||29-Dec-2021|
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Noronha V, Ramaswamy A, Prabhash K. Authors' reply to Banerjee et al., Gunasekaran, and Mehra et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:796-7
We are very grateful to Banerjee and Rao, Gunasekaran, and Mehra and Chilukuri for reading our article titled, “Oncologists' perceptions of the need for assessing individual domains in the geriatric assessment and worthwhile outcomes in treating older patients with cancer: A questionnaire-based survey,” published in the last issue of the journal. We agree with all the comments made and would like to again acknowledge that a significant gap exists between the recognition of the need to perform a multidimensional geriatric assessment and the knowledge/ability to implement this in practice. This gap can be bridged by providing basic training in geriatric oncology to as many oncologists as possible and providing extensive training to some. The way forward would be a two-pronged approach: incorporation of geriatric oncology training in the regular oncology curriculum so that all oncologists have some basic understanding of the principles of geriatric oncology and increasing the number of specialized geriatric oncology fellowship training programs, so that there are few geriatric oncologic experts who can potentially lead the field.
We completely agree with Mehra and Chilukuri regarding the need to tailor the geriatric assessment to our patient population, as well as the need for simple and pragmatic tools to perform the geriatric assessment., We are intrigued by the suggestion of Gunasekaran regarding the electronic geriatric assessment; this may solve the myriad problems of space, time, and other logistic difficulties that currently prevent the widespread application of the geriatric assessment in daily oncology practice. Finally, we are in complete agreement with Banerjee and Rao regarding the need for collaborative work. We need to come together to form a geriatric oncology society in India, so that we can help promote the care of older Indian patients with cancer, share experiences, and conduct multicentric studies.,, To quote the old African saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I hope that we can go far in our quest to improve the care of our older patients with cancer.
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