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Supportive and Palliative Care

Palliative care, also increasingly known as supportive care, is a holistic approach to caring for anyone diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, to allow them to live as well as they can, for as long as they can.

Having any serious illness can be overwhelming for both patients and their families. Supportive and palliative care, which can be provided in hospitals, outpatient clinics, hospices and even at home, looks at the impact of the illness on you and your loved ones, and addresses a broad range of issues by integrating your goals, values, preferences and specific needs into your care. Specifically, it strives to optimize your quality of life by:

  • Preventing and addressing any physical symptoms which may arise during this serious illness, including treatment side effects
  • Offering support and resources to help you and your loved ones deal with emotions which come inevitably with the diagnosis and treatment of the serious illness
  • Providing informative advice and resources to help with practical aspects of your care

Supportive and palliative care is part of good cancer care. Hence at NCCS , regardless of your age, the stage of cancer, or whether you are receiving cancer treatment, supportive and palliative care provides you and your family an additional layer of support - to plan your care, meet your needs and cope better throughout your cancer journey.