Supportive care, the other innovative treatment for cancer

DECRYPTION – Supportive oncology care, which is added to conventional treatments, is on the rise. Not to be confused with alternative medicine.

Supportive care: an overused term, often confused with alternative medicine. However, there is a precise definition, emanating from a government circular. “It is above all a coordination of professionals who combine the support of several disciplines. The base, identified by the National Cancer Institute, is based on pain treatment, nutrition, psychotherapy, preservation of sexuality and fertility. Without forgetting the adapted physical activity and the support of relatives ”, recalls Dr Florian Scotté, oncologist, head of the patient pathway department at the Gustave-Roussy Institute, and vice-president of the French-speaking Association for supportive oncological care.

The “Early Palliative Care” study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown it clearly: if supportive care is provided very early after diagnosis and together with anticancer treatments, it improves quality of life

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