Cancer Supportive Care: Fighting for a better quality of life

Approximately 14 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year.1 Advances in cancer supportive care can allow patients to receive excellent care, and to have a higher quality of life.

What is Cancer Supportive Care?

Thanks to advances in treatment, more patients are living longer with cancer. However, no cancer treatment is without the risk of side effects that can severely impact a patient’s quality of life and their willingness to continue with potentially life-saving treatment.

Cancer supportive care is the prevention and management of side effects throughout a patient’s treatment journey.2 However, there is a lack of awareness of supportive care practices, sometimes leading to sub-optimal patient care. Therefore, it is important that oncologists are able to educate patients and their families about the available supportive care solutions to help manage treatment side effects, improve adherence to treatment and improve patients’ quality of life. Some of the issues addressed by cancer supportive care are depicted in this graphic.

Watch this video to learn about the significant impact that quality supportive care can have.

Benefits of High-Quality Supportive Care

  • Prevention or reduction of treatment toxicities
  • Alleviation of the symptoms and complications of cancer
  • Improved communication between patients and caregivers
  • Increased tolerance, and thus benefits, of active therapy
  • Easing of the emotional burden for patients and caregivers
  • Psychosocial support for cancer survivors

References

  1. cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics (Date accessed 13 Feb 2017)
  2. mascc.org/about-mascc (Date accessed 13 Feb 2017)

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