• Administration time: 3 minutes
  • Relies on self-report only
  • Predicts poor clinical outcomes and mortality in patients with cancer

Food intake

1. Has the patient’s food intake declined over the past 3 months due to loss of appetite, digestive problems, chewing, or swallowing difficulties?

Weight loss

2. Has the patient had weight loss during the last 3 months?


3. What is the patient’s current mobility state?

Neuropsychological problems

4. What are the patient’s current neuropsychological problems?

Body mass index

5. What is the patient’s BMI?


6. Does the patient take more than 3 prescription drugs per day?

Health status

7. In comparison with other people of the same age, how does the patient consider his/her health status?


8. What is the patient’s age?

Key references

  • Bellera CA, Rainfray M, Mathoulin-Pélissier S, Mertens C, Delva F, Fonck M, Soubeyran PL. Screening older cancer patients: first evaluation of the G-8 geriatric screening tool. Ann Oncol. 2012 Aug;23(8):2166-2172. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdr587. Epub 2012 Jan 16. PMID: 22250183.
  • Bellera C, Goyard J, Heitz D, Curé H, Rousselot H, Albrand G, Servent V, Jean OS, van Praagh I, Kurtz JE, Périn S, Verhaeghe JL, Terret C, Desauw C, Girre V, Mertens C, Mathoulin-Pélissier S, Rainfray M. Screening for vulnerability in older cancer patients: the ONCODAGE Prospective Multicenter Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2014 Dec 11;9(12):e115060. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115060. PMID: 25503576; PMCID: PMC4263738.

Alternative tools to G8

Myeloma Frailty Score

Frailty Phenotype