Focusing on a patient’s quality of life is often a key component to their successful cancer journey. Treating their disease is crucial, but patients have to be recognized as individuals with unique and varying needs. Addressing their emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial stressors can help provide holistic treatment that’s at the heart of successful oncology care.
Supportive care programs—which include everything from palliative care to therapeutic music, meditation, yoga, exercise, and counseling—aim to decrease patient burdens and improve quality of life by addressing tangible and intangible elements of patient-centered care. Connecting patients with available supportive care resources can better manage symptoms, reduce distress, and improve their overall quality of life.