What is Supportive Cancer Care?

What is Supportive Cancer Care?

The Kamloops Cancer Supportive Care Society is advocating for comprehensive wrap-around supportive care services delivered by a cancer patient navigation team.


Coaching Cancer Patients to become informed, proactive advocates for their own health

  • How to work with your medical team for best results
  • Understanding diagnoses
  • Understanding treatment options
  • Trials
  • Alternative therapies
  • Symptom management
  • Pain management
  • Access to medical Information
  • Access to records


Coaching patients to deal with the emotional distress of cancer and directing them to appropriate resources

  • Counselling
  • Peer support
  • Spiritual support
  • Moving on after treatment
  • Fear of recurrence
  • “Scanxiety”
  • Social ostracism/isolation
  • Specific cancer networks
  • Support groups


Helping patients find and understand financial resources during treatment and beyond


  • Income loss
  • Disability coverages
  • Travel costs for treatment
  • Accommodations during treatment
  • Medication costs
  • Understanding Pharmacare
  • Banking assistance
  • Tax implications of health care costs and completing tax returns


Assisting and coaching patients to the best resources for their physical health

  • Side effects & limitations
  • Movement & strength
  • Physiotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Sexual Health
  • Fertility Issues
  • Recreation for health
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle


Directing and coaching patients towards existing community resources for patient care

  • Home Care
  • Community Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care


Coaching patients through return-to-work/school after a cancer diagnosis and treatment and directing them to appropriate resources

  • Assessment of your abilities
  • Workplace accommodations
  • Returning to your workplace
  • Looking for a new job


Directing patients to find appropriate legal assistance during treatment and beyond

  • Representation Agreements
  • Power of Attorney
  • Wills
  • DNRs

Caregiver Support

Coaching caregivers, family members, and the wider community to access appropriate supports for themselves

  • Legal
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Peer Support

As a young single guy I don’t know how I would have survived without a strong patient advocate who researched and arranged the services I needed including a critically important Representation Agreement and Power of Attorney. I was too sick to care for myself. When you can’t speak for yourself, someone has to represent your needs and wishes.