DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afad246.051 ISSN: 0002-0729

1975 Does attendance at a geriatrician led, oncogeriatric clinic, improve the symptoms for older adults with cancer?

F Samy, M Teo, K Colquhoun, P Seenan, T Downey, D Kelly
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine



In the cancer setting, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) reduces chemotherapy toxicity, improves QOL and increases advance directive completion (ASCO 2020: The Geriatric Assessment Comes of Age; Soto-Perez-de-Celis et al; The Oncologist). We wanted to look at whether CGA improved symptomatology, as patients attending our oncogeriatric clinic complained of a range of symptoms, related to their cancer, as well as other co-morbidities and frailty.


We retrospectively analysed follow up clinic letters of patients who had attended the oncogeriatric clinic, between June 2022 and June 2023. We used a Lirkert scale, to see whether symptoms they had complained of had 1 – got worse, 2 – stayed the same, 3 – improved or 4 – resolved.


32 patients with a wide range of malignancies were included. 59 patients were excluded because they: died before the 2nd appointment, did not require a second appointment, had their second appointment outside the analysis window, DNA or in 1 case the follow up letter could not be found. On average each patient complained of 3 symptoms. 30 different symptoms were noted (2 excluded as there was no mention of them in the 2nd visit.) The top presentations were pain, constipation, low mood, breathlessness, reduced mobility, falls and dizziness. 68% of the symptoms complained of showed improvement – including all the top presentations. The average score on the Lirkert scale was 2.76. 78% of patients had shown improvement or resolution in at least some of their symptoms.


Our retrospective review shows that older, cancer patients, have a high burden of varied symptomatology, because of their cancer, co-morbidities and frailty. Attendance at an oncogeriatric clinic results in improvement in the symptom burden for the majority of older adults, and an improvement in some symptoms, whether they are related to cancer, or other frailty syndromes.

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