Supportive Care in Cancer

  • Andreas CharalambousEmail author
Part of the Principles of Specialty Nursing book series (PSN)


Over the last two decades, significant progress has been made in the management and treatment of cancer; however, the state of science and research development has lagged in targeting the physical, psychosocial and existential elements of living with advanced cancer. Patients and families experience numerous, persistent and depilating physical, psychological and spiritual challenges at this point of the cancer care continuum affecting their human dimension in its totality often leading to poor quality of life and suboptimal treatment outcomes. The supportive model care has been advocated as the mean to help relieve symptoms and improve well-being in patients and their families living with an advanced disease. This is achieved by placing the patient (and the family) at the centre of the care and developing an individualised care pathway to addressing personalised needs that correspond to the dimensions that constitute a human being. The context that informs the provision of supportive care is one that is informed by the interdisciplinary approach where various disciplines work together to achieve a common goal: to provide high-level quality care that is tailored based on the supportive needs of the person that can go beyond the effects of cancer or its treatments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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