What is Supportive Care?

Supportive care helps the patient and their family to cope with their condition and treatment of it – from pre-diagnosis, through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure, continuing illness or death and into bereavement. It helps the patient to maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease. It is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment.

Supportive care should be fully integrated with diagnosis and treatment. It encompasses:

  • Self help and support
  • User involvement
  • Information giving
  • Psychological support
  • Symptom control
  • Social support
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary therapies
  • Spiritual support
  • End of life and bereavement care

We would like to give back as much as we can to show our sincere thanks to the wonderful nurses and carers

Mrs M & Mrs G, Chislehurst

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