Cancer and aging in Ibero-America

  • E. Soto-Perez-de-Celis
  • R. Cordoba
  • R. Gironés
  • T. Karnakis
  • I. Paredero
  • Y. Chavarri-Guerra
  • A. P. Navarrete-Reyes
  • J. A. Avila-Funes
Review Article


Population aging represents a worldwide challenge. In Ibero-America (Spain, Portugal, and the American countries in which the Spanish or Portuguese language are spoken), the number of older adults is growing, leading to an increase in aging-related diseases such as cancer. Older adults already account for half of all cancer cases in Ibero-America, and this proportion will continue to increase. Furthermore, Ibero-American healthcare systems are not adequately prepared to provide care for older adults with cancer, mainly due to a lack of resources and generalized paucity of geriatric training for healthcare providers. Across the region, several clinical initiatives, educational activities and research collaborations have been established to set the foundations of Ibero-American geriatric oncology and to increase the geriatric knowledge among healthcare providers. This article provides an overview of the current landscape of geriatric oncology in Ibero-America, highlighting its critical challenges, opportunities for improvement and collaboration, and future directions.


Geriatric oncology Global oncology Aging Latin America Spain Portugal 



Yanin Chavarri-Guerra reports research funding and travel support from Roche.

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Conflict of interest

All the other authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geriatrics, Cancer Care in the Elderly ClinicInstituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador ZubiránMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Department of Hematology, University Hospital Fundacion Jimenez DiazHealth Research Institute IIS-FJDMadridSpain
  3. 3.Hospital Lluís AlcanyísXátivaSpain
  4. 4.Division of GeriatricsInstituto do Câncer do Estado de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Hospital Universitario Dr. PesetValenciaSpain
  6. 6.Department of Hemato-OncologyInstituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador ZubiránMexico CityMexico
  7. 7.University of Bordeaux, Inserm, Bordeaux Population Health Research Center, UMR 1219BordeauxFrance

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