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Type: Journal article
Title: The importance of supportive care for patients with cancer: supportive care encompasses managing symptoms and side effects before, during and after cancer treatment
Author: Olver, I.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2016; 204(11):401-402.e1
Publisher: Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Ian N Olver
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Neoplasms
Rights: © 2016 AMPCo Pty Ltd. Produced with Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.5694/mja16.00279
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