, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 657-658
Date: 15 Nov 2012

Supportive care and not only palliative care in the route of cancer patients

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Background

Palliative and supportive care: it’s only a semantic difference? We use the one or the other term depending on our preference or depending on the degree of information of the patient? We do think so. Palliative care is very similar to supportive care. The main “canonical” difference between supportive and palliative care is the situation in which the treatment could be given. Supportive care refers to symptom management while a person is receiving treatment to potentially cure his or her disease or extend life [1]. Palliative care is symptom management and special care of a person whose disease cannot be cured. There is a great deal of overlap between both the goals and methods used in these two types of care. Supportive care and palliative care share the common goal of providing the best possible quality of life by maximizing patient’s comfort and minimizing suffering. However, despite the strong similarities, the differences are not only in terms of semantic definition.