Connect
MJA
MJA

The importance of supportive care for patients with cancer

Ian N Olver
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (11): 401-402. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00279
Published online: 20 June 2016

Supportive care encompasses managing symptoms and side effects before, during and after cancer treatment

Supportive care involves the management of the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment across the whole course of cancer, from diagnosis through treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care. Cancer requires multimodality treatment, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, each of which can be used to palliate symptoms but may also have adverse effects that need managing. Likewise, supportive care needs multidisciplinary team support, including cancer specialist clinicians, nurses, pharmacists and allied health practitioners in addition to palliative care practitioners.

  • Ian N Olver

  • University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

Correspondence: ian.olver@unisa.edu.au

Competing interests:

I have provided advice to Tesaro and Mundipharma. I am also a member of the MJA Editorial Advisory Committee.

Author

remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Comment
Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Responses are now closed for this article.