Supportive care

Curr Opin Oncol. 1994 Jul;6(4):333-4. doi: 10.1097/00001622-199407000-00001.


For cancer patients, quality of life and satisfaction with care are not only related to patient treatment facilities, but also to ambulatory care. Therefore, the goal of ambulatory care should be to prevent predictable morbidities, to eliminate residual morbidities when possible, to control symptoms, and to lessen discomfort when cure is not likely. Truly multidisciplinary services should be available and assessed for their effectiveness, the aim being to respond optimally to patients' needs, whether or not these needs are related to the disease or treatment. Research in this area is urgently needed.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Palliative Care*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Quality of Life*
  • Terminal Care