Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative CareMany people who have cancer or who have been treated for cancer develop symptoms or side effects that affect their quality of life. Care given to help patients cope with these symptoms or side effects is called palliative care, comfort care, supportive care, or symptom management. Our fact sheet, Palliative Care in Cancer, answers many commonly asked questions on this topic.
After a cancer diagnosis, discussing prognosis (the likely course of the disease) can help patients and their loved ones cope and make decisions.
Browse a list of common side effects of cancer or cancer treatment with links to practical information for preventing or relieving these effects. Also find information on maintaining proper nutrition during cancer treatment.
Manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional effects, and learn how to support people with cancer.
Information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer, as well as help someone with cancer talk about and cope with the illness.
Information for parents about children with cancer, as well as guides to help children and teens cope when a family member has cancer.
Tips for choosing a doctor or a treatment facility, healthcare options, assistance at home, and hospice care.
Information about getting financial help, insurance coverage, and support organizations.
Life and health after a cancer diagnosis and once treatment is over.
Information for patients, their families, and friends about grief and bereavement, hospice care, and end-of-life planning.
Clinical trials to help people cope with symptoms and side effects of cancer.