Supportive care is an important part of cancer care. It helps children and their families meet the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. It helps improve the quality of life of children living with cancer. It can help children to cope with cancer, its treatment and possible side effects. It can also address practical concerns such as help at home.
There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs of children living with cancer and their loved ones.
Find out more about supportive care for children living with cancer, including:
- talking to your child about their cancer
- working with the healthcare team
- tips on managing your child’s care
- helping your child cope with tests and treatment
- nutrition for children with cancer
- pain in children
- helping your child cope
- staying in the hospital
- after treatment
- long-term survivorship
- palliative care
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.