Supportive Care

Psychological Distress in Patients with Cancer Warrants Attention

Phoebe Starr

December 2017, Vol 7, No 12 - Supportive Care

San Diego, CA—The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) estimates that at least 33% of patients with cancer have significant psychological distress, and many patients have some levels of distress. High levels of distress are associated with negative outcomes from cancer treatment. The psychological well-­being of patients with cancer has been less well-studied than the effects of treatments, but recently, more attention is focused on the “whole patient.” [ Read More ]

Psychosocial Oncology: Supportive and Palliative Care Add Value and Dignity in Cancer Care

Meg Barbor, MPH

September 2017, Vol 7, No 9 - Supportive Care

Whether delivered under the umbrella of palliative care, supportive care, or psychosocial oncology, these types of services strengthen the feelings of meaning, value, and dignity in patients with cancer, says Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, Director, Supportive Care Services, Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Los Angeles, CA. [ Read More ]