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What will perioperative geriatric assessment for older cancer patients look like in 2025? Advantages and limitations of new technologies in geriatric assessment

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      For years, surgeons have explored the relationship between age and surgical outcomes. Over time, it is more widely accepted that frailty and fitness of older patients, rather than their age, should be considered in surgical decision making. The gold standard of frailty assessment is comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) which is best performed by geriatricians. In the past decade, Digital Health Technologies that range from electronic solutions for electronic Patient-reported Outcomes to wearables and sensors have emerged. As these solutions are likely to expand and advance in the next years, we will review the history of investigating factors, especially aging-related factors associated with surgical outcomes, and the current supportive data about the potential and challenges of Digital Health Technologies in complementing or replacing some of the components of CGA by 2025.

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