Importance of social support in cancer patients

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2012;13(8):3569-72. doi: 10.7314/apjcp.2012.13.8.3569.


Social support is regarded as a complex construct which has long been suggested to have direct and buffering effects on patients' wellbeing and emotional adjustment to cancer. Cross-sectional and prospective studies show a positive association between perceived social support and psychological adjustment following cancer treatment. Research findings suggest that the evidence for the relationship between social support and cancer progression is sufficiently strong. This report points out the importance of social support in cancer and provides recommendations for health care professionals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Social Support*