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  • Supportive Care

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Supportive care is the multidisciplinary holistic care of patients and their families from the time around diagnosis, through treatments aimed at cure or prolonging life, and into the phase currently acknowledged as palliative care. It involves recognising and caring for the side-effects of active therapies as well as patients co-morbidities, psychological, social and spiritual concerns. It also values the role of family carers and helps them in supporting the patient, as well as attending to their special needs.

Unlike traditional palliative care, which grew from terminal care of cancer patients, supportive care is not restricted to dying patients and neither to cancer. Thus this series covers the support of patients with a variety of long-term conditions, who are currently largely managed by specialist medical teams in hospital and by primary care teams in community settings. Each volume will therefore provide a practical guide to the supportive care of patients at all stages of the illness.

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