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Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care

Many people who have cancer or who have been treated for cancer develop symptoms or side effects that affect their quality of life. Care given to help patients cope with these symptoms or side effects is called palliative care, comfort care, supportive care, or symptom management. Our fact sheet, Palliative Care in Cancer, answers many commonly asked questions on this topic.

Prognosis Resources

After a cancer diagnosis, discussing prognosis (the likely course of the disease) can help patients and their loved ones cope and make decisions.

Managing Physical Effects

Browse a list of common side effects of cancer or cancer treatment with links to practical information for preventing or relieving these effects. Also find information on maintaining proper nutrition during cancer treatment.

Managing Emotional Effects

Manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional effects, and learn how to support people with cancer.

For Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer, as well as help someone with cancer talk about and cope with the illness.

About Children with Cancer

Information for parents about children with cancer, as well as guides to help children and teens cope when a family member has cancer.

Finding Healthcare Services

Tips for choosing a doctor or a treatment facility, healthcare options, assistance at home, and hospice care.

Financial, Insurance, and Legal Information

Information about getting financial help, insurance coverage, and support organizations.

Survivorship - Living With and Beyond Cancer

Life and health after a cancer diagnosis and once treatment is over.

Preparing for the End of Life

Information for patients, their families, and friends about grief and bereavement, hospice care, and end-of-life planning.

Supportive and Palliative Care Clinical Trials

Clinical trials to help people cope with symptoms and side effects of cancer.