Elderly patients,   General MM

ASCO 2019 | What is the role of geriatric assessment in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma?


At the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Ashley Elizabeth Rosko, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, discusses how geriatric assessment should be implemented in treatment decisions in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Dr. Rosko explains that a geriatric assessment is a multi-dimensional approach to older adults, where geriatric domains such as physical function, nutritional, polypharmacy, psychosocial evaluation, cognitive evaluation, and geriatric syndromes are assessed. Dr. Rosko emphasizes that this is relevant for older adults because geriatric syndromes in multiple myeloma impact cancer care delivery.