Theme leader

Dr. L.M. Buffart

Theme members

Description supportive care

The aim of the supportive care is to prevent or treat symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment as well as physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems related to cancer and its treatment. Supportive care thereby aims to optimize the quality of life and/or treatment tolerability of patients with cancer, pre-, during or following curative or palliative treatment. 

Supportive care interventions include physical activity and exercise interventions, psychosocial support, weight management and nutritional support, medical social work, and pastoral counseling or existential therapies.

Research in the theme supportive care focuses on the development, evaluation and implementation of supportive care interventions for patients with cancer. Additionally, it focuses on identifying patients most in need for such interventions, and on strategies to monitor symptoms, functioning and health-related quality of life.