Supportive care is defined as “the provision of the necessary services for those living with or affected by cancer to meet their physical, emotional, social, psychological, informational, spiritual and practical needs during the diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up phases, encompassing issues of survivorship, palliative care and bereavement”.2
- Reducing the risk of developing unmet supportive care needs
- Detecting unmet supportive care needs early
- Implementing interventions to address supportive care needs, during and following treatment, and at end of life
- Timely referral to other professionals, individuals and services if required
McDowell, M.E., et al., Predictors of change in unmet supportive care needs in cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 2010. 19: p. 508-516.
Fith, M.I., Providing supportive care for individuals living with cancer (Task Force Report). 1994, Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation: Toronto.
Fitch, M.I., Supportive Care Framework. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 2008. 18(1): p. 6-24.
Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Providing optimal cancer care: supportive care policy for Victoria. 2009, Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Division: Melbourne.