psychosocial support (SY-koh-SOH-shul suh-PORT)
In medicine, support given to help meet the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Diseases, such as cancer, can affect a patient’s thoughts, feelings, moods, beliefs, ways of coping, and relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. There are different kinds of psychosocial support that can help cancer patients. These include counseling, education, group support, and spiritual support.