Thousands of cancer patients to benefit from early supportive care

An innovative programme to improve the care and experience of patients with incurable cancer is being rolled out across the country. |via NHS England

‘Enhanced Supportive Care’ was developed by specialists at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and will now be used by at least 21 more cancer centres across England, supported by incentives from NHS England.

The initiative encourages care teams to address more fully the needs of cancer patients – in particular, preventing and managing the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment.

Rather than waiting until patients are in crisis, Enhanced Supportive Care ensures that patients with incurable cancer have early access to specialist support where there are pain or symptom problems. This early intervention helps avoid the need for emergency admission to hospital.

Read more from NHS England

Full reference: Enhanced Supportive Care: Integrating supportive care in oncology (Phase I: Treatment with palliative intent)

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