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Gynaecologic Cancer Service

Supportive Care

What is Supportive Care?

Picture of a doctor discussing a pamphlet with a female patientSupportive Care is a broad term used to describe any help that may be needed during cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Patients may need a wide range of supportive care throughout their cancer journey and their needs will vary at different times.

For instance, they may need assistance recovering from surgery with the help of a physiotherapist; dietary guidance during and after chemotherapy treatment; or supportive care in the form of a social worker or clinical psychologist, as cancer can create distress for many patients and their carers, friends and families. Access to support groups to speak with women in the same situation or for family members may also be needed.

It is also important to realise that beyond the clinical aspects of cancer treatment, there are also many practical issues, such as help at home, transport to treatment facilities or financial assistance that will affect patients. Supportive care services can offer practical help on these issues too.

How do I access the supportive care for my patients?

The patient’s specialist or the gynaecologic CNC will be able to link them to many services. Links to supportive services may form part of their treatment plan.

There are also some excellent support services in WA from the following organisations for patients and their family members, carers and friends:

Patients with difficulty understanding English may need to access interpreter services. These are free and available from:

Information on complementary medicines is also available.

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