Equity in Supportive Oncology and Palliative Care for Patients With Advanced Cancer

April 13, 2023

The language around Palliative Care is often confused with end-of-life and/or hospice and carries a significant stigma. Because of this, many institutions use the term 'supportive oncology', which is more comprehensive in addressing patients' and families' physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs. This program is intended for all cancers to better understand their supportive care needs, especially those with advanced cancers. Some of the topics our esteemed panelists discuss are: - What is palliative care/supportive oncology and when to think about this care option - Address systemic racism for patients of color and ways to attain health equity as the standard of care - ACCESS-Care study to gain insight into care partners ("cancer caregivers") to discuss their experiences, suggestions for supportive environments.

Key Takeaways from Webinar Viewers:

  • Palliative Care is available to even those with early-stage cancers.
  • Learned that Palliative Care is also referred to as Supportive Oncology.
  • While deciding to go on immunotherapy, I didn’t realize palliative care could be an option at this point in my journey.
  • I didn’t realize there are palliative services available, even if we live in rural areas.

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