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In American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Annual Meeting

The oncology field, like many others, is digitalizing rapidly, a phenomenon that may have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This movement is creating opportunities and challenges. Another rapidly developing change is the aging of the global population; because cancer is a disease of aging, there is a need for health systems to adapt to taking care of such patients. In this article, we address how these innovative technologies can be leveraged to improve the care of older patients with cancer beyond academic centers, such as in underserved areas and low- and middle-income countries. We review how digital technologies can be used to enhance the follow-up of patients in low- and middle-income countries. We also tackle the issue of training a global workforce to treat cancer in an aging population and how to leverage innovations in this matter. Finally, we review opportunities to expand the usefulness of big data and machine learning beyond academic centers to support private practices and underserved areas.

Extermann Martine, Hernández-Favela Celia Gabriela, Soto Perez de Celis Enrique, Kanesvaran Ravindran