Geriatric oncology was front and center at this year’s American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Annual Conference, and in no small part due to CARG’s marked presence at the conference. The conference took place over five action-packed days across June 3-6, in Chicago, IL, at the McCormick Place Convention Center and virtually.
As the ASCO Annual Conference is the biggest cancer meeting in the field, it is an enormous step forward to have aging in the spotlight. “It wasn’t always the case, from my training days,” says Supriya Mohile, MD, MS, who attended this year’s ASCO Conference, “that aging would be centered in mainstream discussions around cancer.” Indeed, ASCO was CARG’s latest opportunity to show the cancer care field the importance of centering older adults in conversations around oncology.
With CARG members receiving awards, connecting at social events, and giving over a dozen presentations, the Cancer and Aging Research Group certainly made a splash at ASCO. Here are a few highlights.
Awards and Nominations
Melissa Loh, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, was awarded the Career Development Award from Conquer Cancer Foundation-Walther Cancer Foundation at the ASCO conference. As part of this award, Dr. Loh has received $200,000 to pilot a randomized clinical trial evaluating communication and shared decision-making between doctors and older patients with acute myeloid leukemia.
Additionally, one of Dr. Loh’s mentees, Marissa LoCastro, a third-year University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry student, received the ASCO Annual Meeting Research Award in recognition of her abstract on advanced care planning for older adults with blood cancer. The award supports trainees from underrepresented backgrounds to attend the event.
Read more about both Dr. Melissa Loh and Marissa LoCastro’s awards.
Dr. Melissa Loh with her mentor Dr. Supriya Mohile receiving the Career Development Award.
Marissa LoCastro with her mentor Dr. Melissa Loh receiving the ASCO Research Award.
Below are a few other notable awards received by CARG members:
- ASCO Recognizes 2022 Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology: Dr. Enrique Soto Perez De Celis, MD, PhD, FASCO [https://ascopost.com/issues/june-3-2022-narratives-special-issue/asco-recognizes-2022-fellows-of-the-american-society-of-clinical-oncology/]
- 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award Recipients. Learn more at [https://www.asco.org/career-development/grants-awards/funding-opportunities/merit-award].
- Aakash Desai, MD, MPH
- Mackenzie Fowler, PhD
- Adolfo Gonzalez Serrano, MD, Msc
- Jingran Ji, MD
- Jose Muñoz Lozano, MD
- Anurag Saraf, MD
- Mazie Tsang, MD, MS
- Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) Mentorship Nominees: Dr. Supriya G. Mohile, MD, MS, FASCO. Learn more at [https://www.conquer.org/news/conquer-cancer-announces-2022-wwcc-mentorship-award-recipients].
In addition, CARG also hosted a number of social meet-ups at the ASCO conference for some long overdue in-person networking and connecting for the CARG community.
Several members of the CARG Junior Investigator Board convened at a coffee meet-up. They represented a diverse group of young researchers and faculty, leading the charge for aging and cancer care. “Honored to attend this coffee meeting with junior investigators of CARG at this year’s ASCO Conference” tweeted Dr. Shakira Grant, who said that the participants all left with “lots of wonderful ideas that we look forward to implementing” at their home sites.
Members of the CARG Junior Faculty convening at ASCO, including [from left to right]: Drs. Shelley Bluethmann, Melissa Loh, Daniel Richardson, Mohammed Al-Jumayli, Jingran Ji, Shakira Grant, Nikesha Gilmore, Sindhu Kadambi, and Shobha Shahani.
The CARG social gathering event took place at the Carnivale Restaurant in Chicago, which gathered dozens of CARG members. “It was such an honor to speak on behalf of the Cancer and Aging Research Group dinner gathering. I am merely the spokesperson for the whole team and the two leaders beside me, Drs. Supriya Mohile and Heidi Klepin,” recounted Dr. William Dale. “We are pursuing Dr. Arti Hurria’s dream to bring high quality cancer and aging care to every older adult who needs it. ‘We honor the dream by doing the work.” With that spirit of dedication, compassion, and innovation, it was a whirlwind meet-up of CARG’s extraordinary community.
Drs. Heidi Klepin, William Dale, and Supriya Mohile giving remarks at the CARG Social Gathering
Drs. William Dale and Ishwaria Subbiah at the CARG Social Gathering
Drs. Ishwaria Subbiah, Grant Williams, Enrique Soto, Tracey O’Connor, Mackenzie Pergolotti, Supriya Mohile, and Carolyn Presley at the Social Gathering
More than 13 CARG members presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. Covering topics ranging from the social justice perspective of including older adults in the conversation around cancer care; to global applications of geriatric assessment in countries like Brazil, Mexico, and India, check out some highlights below!
- Social Justice and Equity: Why Older Adults with Cancer Belong – A Life Course Perspective: Nikesha Gilmore, PhD [https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/EDBK_349825]
Nikesha Gilmore, PhD, CARG SCOREboard member John Simmons, and Melody Schiaffino, PhD, MPH, in a panel discussion
- Global Aging and Cancer: Advancing Care Through Innovation: Martine Extermann, MD, PhD [https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/EDBK_359154]
Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, presenting her lecture at ASCO
- Concrete Resource Need and Frailty among older Adults with Cancer – The Cancer and Again Resilience Evaluation (CARE) Registry: Grant Williams, MD [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.6546?af=R]
- Association of Polypharmacy and Potential Drug-Drug Interactions with Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults with Advance Cancer Receiving Systemic Treatment: Mostafa Mohamed, MBBch [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12053?af=R]
Mostafa Mohammed, MBBch. presenting his poster at ASCO
- Using CT-based Body Composition Metrics and Frailty Index in Predicting Survival Among Older Adults with Cancer: Smith Giri, MD, MHS [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12057]
- Association Between an Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Embedded Frailty Index and Survival Among Older Adults Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy: Heidi Klepin, MD, MS [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12009?af=R]
Heidi Kleipin, MD, MS, presenting a lecture at ASCO
- Comparative Study of Two Cohorts of Older Adults with Advanced Cancer Treated Before and After Implementation of a Geriatric Oncology Service: Tomohiro F. Nishijima, MD [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12036]
- Embedded Outpatient Palliative Care for Hematologic Malignancies: Referral Patterns and health Care Utilization: Mazie Tsang, MD, MS [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12117]
- Association between Telehealth and Adherence with Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO)-Based Remote Symptom Monitoring Among Adolescent/Young Adults (AYA), Middle Age, and Older Adults with Cancer: Ishwaria Subbiah, MD, MS [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.1513?af=R]
- Remote Geriatric Assessment Program for Older Patients Starting New Chemotherapy Treatment in Brazil: Cristiane Bergerot, PhD [https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2022.40.16_suppl.12052]
- Decision Making for Older Patients with GU Cancer: William Dale, MD, PhD
- Using Digital Technology to Find Original Ways to Follow the Care of Older Cancer Patients in Developing Countries: Enrique Soto, MD, MSc
- Case-Based Panel: Practical Use of Geriatric Assessment Tools for Older Adults with Cancer: Can Technology Take Us Further? Sindhuja Kadambi, MD, MS, Sukeshi Arora, MD, Leana Cabrera Chien, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC
Sukeshi Arora, MD, Sindhuja Kadambi, MD, MS, Leana Cabrera Chien, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, at a panel discussion at ASCO