Supportive and Palliative Care

Symptom management offers a critical opportunity to relieve the burden of living with cancer. Many people who have cancer or who have been treated for cancer develop symptoms or side effects that affect their quality of life. Care given to help patients cope with these symptoms or side effects is called palliative care, comfort care, supportive care, or symptom management.

Meaningful supportive care encompasses four important areas:

 treatment of cancer related symptoms

 prevention and treatment of the side effects associated with cancer treatment

 recognition of and support for patients’ experiencing psychosocial distress

 end of life care

Sourced From: National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health