Supportive Care Team
The Supportive Care Team offers inpatient and outpatient support for people who are receiving treatment that does not aim to cure them through their final phase. The Supportive Care Team aims to maintain or improve the quality of life in terms of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual matters and looks beyond just palliative care in this final phase. If the impact of the illness strongly affects your day-to-day life, the Supportive Care Team can help you out in ways that are important to you. The team can help you name goals and creating plans while you remain in full control of your treatment. The team closely collaborates with all care providers that are part of your treatment, and focuses on your needs and wishes as well as those of your loved ones. Our goal is to keep you in charge of the process.
We work on an inpatient and outpatient basis. You can make an appointment at the recommendation of your physician, nurse, or another member of staff at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. You can also make an appointment at your own initiative. Please contact our secretariat at the Survivorship Center using our general phone number. We will call you back soon to set up an appointment with our Supportive Care Team.
What can we do for you?
- We will make an inventory of your own personal values during an intake consultation. We ask about the care you or your loved ones need and prefer.
- Our point of reference is your medical situation.
- We offer guidance in the form of a proactive treatment plan. We create this plan together with a multidisciplinary team that meets every week. This team consists of physicians (like a medical oncologist, a rehabilitation specialist, a psychiatrist, and a radiation oncologist). A medical social worker, psychologist, spiritual counselor, and transfer nurse are also involved. We will look at your priorities together with you, and you will be in charge of your treatment.
- Some of the areas we can focus on during treatment are:
- Physical problems: pain, nausea, fatigue, shortage of breath, constipation, fluid buildup in the abdomen, or questions about nutrition.
- Psychosocial concerns, like anxiety, depressive symptoms, or problems at home.
- Spiritual, religious, or existential concerns. Questions like: what do I value during this final phase? How should I live my life? What is the appropriate care for me and my loved ones during this final phase of life and a good end?
- Care and aftercare for your loved ones.