Supportive care

People with head and neck cancer can have some symptoms that need extra care. ‘Supportive care’ means services to help you, your family and friends to cope with these symptoms during treatment, recovery and life after cancer.

Common examples of things you need extra care for
Physical
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Losing weight
  • Trouble eating
Psychological
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear of cancer comming back (recurrence)
  • Coping with changes in how you look or speak that can affect activities with family and friends
Information
  • What type of cancer you have
  • What your cancer might cause
  • What you can do to cope with late effects
  • What services can help
Social
  • Social support
  • Practical support
  • Familys needs
Spiritual
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of despair
  • Suffering

During your treatment, recovery and life after head and neck cancer, you may find a number of health professionals helpful, including:

Talk to your healthcare team about the support services available to you. Remember, what you need is likely to change over time. It may also be useful to talk to your partner, family or friends about what you are experiencing.