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Supportive Care





Coping with childhood cancer is hard for the child and for the family both physically and psychologically.

There are many symptoms that need to be addressed from the disease itself and from the treatment.

Chemotherapy is intense and has many side effects. Adequate supportive care is essential.

A large team of health care professionals work together to support the child and family during treatment (not necessarily in order of importance!)

  • Physicians
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Social worker
  • Physiotherapist
  • Parent Advocate
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist
  • First Nations Advocate (if needed)
  • Spiritual Care (if needed)

Sometimes when a child is very ill, decision making can be difficult. In these situations, an biomedical ethicist may have a significant role to play.



Pediatric Supportive Care at the National Cancer Institute



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