Progress in Quality-of-Care Research and Hope for Supportive Cancer Care
Published In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, v. 26, no. 23, Aug. 10, 2008, p. 3821-3823
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2007
Supportive care encompasses the direct and treatment-related impacts of cancer, including the management of pain and other symptoms, and the psychosocial context of cancer, including spiriuality and the challenges of caregiving. Patients and families endorse these concerns as critical aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and the need to provide excellent supportive care is relevant and important in all phases of cancer care.