Visit GSA's webinar page to register or view archived recordings:

  • GSA/CDC Webinar part 1: "Health Literacy Considerations for Initiatives with Older Adults" (Friday, June 28, 2019)
  • GSA/CDC Webinar part 2: "Sun Protection and Sunburn Among Older U.S. Adults" (Friday, August 2)

GSA partnered with the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology on a six-part webinar series on caring for older adults with cancer.

Annual Scientific Meeting Sessions

"Opportunities and Strategic Directions for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood"
Momentum Discussion at GSA’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting
Moderator: Mary C. White, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Panelists: Richard A. Goodman, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University; Dawn M. Holman, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This session builds on highlights from a CDC-funded supplemental issue of The Gerontologist on “Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood.” The papers in the supplement address a wide range of innovative topics related to cancer risk among older adults, including health literacy and communication, age discrimination, financial hardship, the health effects of natural disasters, sun protection behaviors, and preventive health services, among others. Research suggests there may be more we could do lower exposures to known causes of cancer, promote social and physical environments that facilitate healthy behaviors and positive attitudes about aging and cancer prevention, expand appropriate use of preventive health services at older ages, and improve communication with older adults about cancer prevention efforts. Among the many potential imperatives are what society can do to reduce cancer risk and preserve health as adults enter their 60s, 70s, and beyond; what societal and environmental approaches might help to shift negative attitudes about aging and cancer prevention; and how best to engage older adults and their families, caregivers, and relevant community sectors in these efforts. Panelists will lead a discussion of these questions and provide insights into potentially promising new directions for research and practice to expand cancer prevention efforts for older adults.

"Older Adults and Cancer: Building the Research and Clinical Care Infrastructure for an Aging Population" 
Momentum Discussion at GSA's 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting
Moderator: Harvey Jay Cohen
Panelists: Harvey Jay Cohen, Elana Plotkin, Peggy Burhenn
As a result of improvements in treatment and supportive care, the number of older cancer survivors is increasing, including many with comorbid conditions that complicate treatment plans. Frequently, because of the lack of research into the care of older adults with cancer and comorbid conditions, clinicians find themselves unprepared to assess and manage these complex patients. Older adults are often underscreened for cancers, the conditions are understaged when they are found, and treatment is often less aggressive than in younger individuals or not provided at all. This session will examine the relationship between aging and cancer, as well as ways that cancer research, prevention, and care can be improved for older adults. 
Supported by Pfizer. 



Pertinent Articles

Interest Group

Cancer and Aging: Advancing age increases risk of cancer. Simultaneously, age-related conditions may complicate cancer recovery and pose a lifelong challenge. The Cancer and Aging Interest Group brings together a multidisciplinary group, including clinicians, basic and social/behavioral scientists, public health practitioners, advocates and educators, to address cancer and aging across the cancer continuum. Together, we seek to identify challenges and opportunities at the intersection of cancer and aging and translate lessons from bedside to the community for older cancer survivors and their families.