Vol 70, No 5 (2020)
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Oncogeriatrics (part 8.). Frailty screening tools

Jakub Kenig1
Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(5):184-186.


Various frailty screening tools have been developed. However, there is currently no single ideal model; some scores are better for population-level, whereas others are best suited for clinical screening and preoperative assessment. Therefore, the choice of the score might relay on specific clinical condition, the aim of the tool and department resources. The G8 and the aCGA seem to be the the most suitable in the case of preoperative frailty assessments of older patients with solid abdominal cancer who are undergoing high-risk surgery. They also may be used to identify patients at risk for adverse postoperative outcomes. They may support the decision process particularly in situations of lack of experience in full Geriatric Assessment (easy to master and implement), in acute admitted patients (time pressure or some of the domains cannot be assessed) and in case of low-/moderate-risk surgery (where extensive frailty evaluation may not influence the postoperative outcome).

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