Georges El Hachem*
Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium
*Corresponding Author: Georges El Hachem, Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium.
Received: January 16, 2017; Published: January 24, 2018
Citation: Georges El Hachem. “Supportive Care is No More Equivalent to Withdrawal of Care”. Acta Scientific Cancer Biology 2.1 (2018).
In 2018, cancer remains a fatal, life-threatening and incurable disease in around 50% of the cases despite all the progress in the systemic and targeted therapies. In this perspective and knowing that the patients are facing more and new newer side effects, the practice of “supportive care” is more justifying its place. As it is called, its main goal is to support the patients all over the evolution of their disease in order to improve their quality of life. The concept of supportive care is not a withdrawal of care highlighting that the supportive measures shouldn't be initiated at the terminal phase once there are no more suggested therapeutic options. For a successful supportive care, clinicians (surgeons, internists, oncologists) who are responsible for the antineoplastic care should collaborate with the palliative team whose main objectives are to help and assist the patients to understand their situations, thus better tolerating their treatments.
Copyright: © 2018 Georges El Hachem. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.