Supportive therapy improves the patient's quality of life during treatment and optimizes the chances of recovery. Proper therapy at the right time and patient support is the key to successful treatment.
What is supportive therapy?
Oncology treatment is not limited solely to the treatment of the disease itself. Supportive therapy means everything that can improve the physical and emotional state of the patient going through the main treatment and during the illness itself. This therapy is carried out in addition to the main treatment, helping to better tolerate it.
The quality of oncology treatment is evaluated by how well the patient tolerates treatment and his quality of life during the treatment. Unpleasant sensations and poor health can be associated both with the disease itself and with the side effects of treatment. Pain and fatigue are the main symptoms that supportive therapy fights.
Other symptoms are:
- malnutrition and nutrition problems
- weight loss
- digestion problems
- respiratory problems
- problems with movement and coordination
- physical and emotional suffering
- palliative therapy to reduce pain before the patient’s leave
Why is supportive therapy needed for cancer treatment?
Scientific studies show that patients who received individually selected and comprehensive supportive care had a higher chance of remission and longer life. This is due to the fact that the patient did not refuse treatment because he tolerated it better, it also reduced the risk of death associated with the treatment itself. Supportive therapy can be oriented both to the patient himself and to his environment, it can be both medical and therapeutic.
Supportive therapy is aimed at side effects from treatment and the disease itself. The main areas are the fight against pain, physical and mental fatigue, as well as side effects from treatment. Additionally, work should be done on the lifestyle of the patient, recent studies indicate the benefits of physical activity, regular exercise can reduce the risk of relapse.
The importance of the emotional state and the positive attitude of the patient as a factor capable of influencing a positive outcome. Psychological support is especially important at the time of announcement of a disease or progression or relapse. Psychological support is aimed not only at the patient himself, but also at the patient's relatives.
Accepting oneself. A person with an oncology changes externally, whether due to illness or treatment. These changes do not pass without a trace and leave a psychological mark. Psychological support and onco-aesthetics will help the patient to accept himself or improve his appearance.
The concept of optimal weight in oncology is very important, since insufficient body weight can provoke fatigue, and excess body weight also negatively affects a positive outcome. Very often one of the side effects of treatment is a lack of appetite or loss of sensitivity of taste buds. It happens that a tumor interferes with patency and creates obstruction. Also, proper nutrition can affect the success of therapy and prevent relapse. Therefore, onco-nutrition is an important element in the treatment of oncology.
Consult our health professionals for advice and the selection of adapted supportive care!
Supporting therapy will improve your general condition and appearance, help socially and psychologically, Marie-Pascale Bettio is involved in the coordination of the process.
If you or your relative is undergoing treatment at our oncology center, then supportive therapy is prescribed from the very beginning, even before the treatment begins. Supportive therapy is adapted during treatment based on the wishes and condition of the patient. It can be continued at the request of the patient and after undergoing treatment.
Our main task is that each person could get a decent quality of life during illness and treatment.
Photobiomodulation with an ATP3 laser (Low Energy Laser).
If necessary, you can get biotherapy using the photo modulation technique in our center. This therapy affects mitochondria, accelerating their division. Thus, contributes to better tissue repair. It is used both on the mucous membrane and on the skin membrane; indications for use are the presence of wounds, pains, etc.
This technique is very effective and completely painless.
In our center we offer:
To receive joint supportive therapy, you need to inform your doctor about your wish. You can be treated in another clinic but contact us for supportive care. The preparation of an individual program and notes will be based on the wishes of the patient.
- Psychological support
- Sophrology / hypnosis