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Supportive Care

Supportive Care Services are available at all BC Cancer regional cancer centres.
We offer a wide range of programs to help BC Cancer patients manage the physical, emotional, social and practical concerns that come with having a cancer diagnosis and treatments.  

Supportive Care professionals are a part of your cancer care team. Some services are self-referred while others require a referral from a doctor or nurse. For more information, please review the referral criteria at the end of each section below.

Nutrition
Registered dietitians can help address challenges with eating and nutrition during your cancer treatment. 

They can help with nutritional goals, provide suggestions, address questions and complete follow-up re-assessments. Click here to learn more.

Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care
Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care clinics help manage pain and other physical problems related to any stage of cancer. Types of problems can include nausea, shortness of breath or fatigue. Clinics also assist with care planning and decision-making. Click here to learn more.

Patient & Family Counselling  
Counsellors can speak with you and/or a family member in person or over the phone about coping with emotions, challenges in relationships and dealing with the practical and financial concerns that can arise because of a cancer diagnosis.

Counsellors lead support groups and education sessions. Different group programs are available at the centres. Click here to learn more.

Psychiatry
Psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in mental health. Our psychiatrists can help if you have depression, anxiety, insomnia, overwhelming fears and changes in personality or thoughts. Psychiatrists tailor therapy to meet the patient’s individual needs which may include talking and prescribing medications. Click here to learn more.

Speech-Language Pathology
Speech Language Pathology (SLP) services can assist patients to maximize their communication and swallowing abilities. 

Assessment and treatment may be needed for swallowing, restricted jaw movement, swelling, speech, language, voice or cognitive disorders that arise as a result of cancer or cancer treatments. Click here to learn more.

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