What is cancer supportive care?

Sam Ahmedzai, MBChB, MRCP, FRCPS, FRCP, from the University of Sheffield talks about cancer supportive care. The concept of supportive care in cancer has existed for a long time. However, until recently, it was only thought of in terms of palliative, end-of-life care. Although there is an overlap between the two, supportive care relates to all stages of cancer from diagnosis, throughout treatment stages and ultimately palliative care or survivorship.
The British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) was one of the first organisations to understand supportive care, which may be a reflection of the holistic approach taken by lung oncologists, chest physicians and respiratory nurses.
Recorded at the 2017 meeting of the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) in Dublin, Ireland.

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