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Supportive Care

Supportive care is an umbrella term used to refer to services (both specialist and generalist services), which may be required by those affected by cancer across the cancer trajectory.  

It includes self-help and support, information, psychological support, symptom control, social support, rehabilitation, spiritual support, palliative care and bereavement care. Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains:

  • physical needs
  • psychological needs
  • social needs
  • information needs
  • spiritual needs

Screening for supportive care needs is considered an integral part of evidenced based patient centred care.

If you would like to view more detailed information about supportive care go to: Cancer Supportive Care Principles


Free online resources specific to supportive care

No health without mental health. The link between chronic disease and mental illness (including cancer)

The Psychosexual Care of Women Affected by Gynaecological Cancers

Supportive Cancer Care Victoria


Other free online supportive care topics

Malnutrition in Cancer


Cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experience poorer outcomes from cancer compared with the non-Aboriginal population as demonstrated by higher mortality and lower 5-year survival rates.

The factors contributing to survival inequity among the indigenous population are influenced by cultural beliefs around health seeking behavior, healthy living, wellbeing, illness, and the meaning of disease and death.

The most common cancers diagnosed among Indigenous males included:

  • Lung/bronchus/trachea
  • Prostate
  • Colorectal
  • Cancer of unknown primary
  • Lymphoma

For Indigenous females:

If you would like to view more detailed information about cancer epidemiology, cultural safety and nursing care for Indigenous people with cancer go to: Cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples