ESMO Handbook of Cancer in the Senior Patient


The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) developed this handbook in 2010, which was initiated by Dirk Schrijvers, Branko Zakotnik, Riccardo Audisio, Hendrik van Halteren, Arti Hurria, and the undersigned. This handbook is not only for Europeans. Cancer is a disease related to ageing, and the proportion of senior patients increases worldwide. While the proportion of persons beyond age 70 is still small in developing countries, their numerous population means that there are more “elderlies” in India than in Europe.


In 2015, the decision was made to start updating this content so as to bring you the latest developments on this important topic. While the original PDF is still available for download, please find below the updated content, as chapters become available.

Table of Contents

Chapter 5 - Surgical Treatment

Chapter 10 - Management of Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasia (MPN) in Elderly Patients

Chapter 18 - Head and Neck Cancer in the Elderly

Chapter 22 - The Role of the Multidisciplinary Team