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What is supportive therapy?

Supportive therapies are used to treat symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatments with the goal of improving quality of life. Therapies can vary widely depending on the condition and individual patient case. 

Why it's done

When you are diagnosed with cancer, there is a physical, emotional and social impact. As part of our dedication to patient-centered care, we offer individualized supportive services designed to help you cope during your treatment and continue to thrive after treatment.

Supportive therapies can help counter the effects of pain, fatigue, depression, cognitive functioning, nausea and weight loss with the goal of maximizing daily functioning and strengthening coping skills.

Our approach

Managing the impact of cancer and cancer treatments is a challenging part of fighting the disease. At Northwell Health Cancer Institute, we provide state-of-the-art treatments and services that improve your quality of care and life along the entire spectrum of your cancer experience. 

  • Services include:
  • Palliative care and pain management
  • Mental health support
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Integrated medicine
  • Support groups

Research at Northwell

Advances in cancer care are continuously happening here. Through alliances with leading research organizations, including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we participate in investigator-initiated trials to offer the most leading-edge treatments to patients. 

Northwell Health Cancer Institute is recognized worldwide for its commitment to providing pioneering treatment for cancer patients. The ongoing focus has contributed to significant advancements that are improving the quality of lives and increasing the number of cancer survivors.

Learn more about clinical trials and research happening at Northwell Health Cancer Institute.

What to expect

As part of your treatment at Northwell Health, your multidisciplinary team of specialists will offer a range of supportive therapies and services that will be seamlessly integrated into your treatment plan to address your specific needs. Supportive therapy professionals work together to help you focus on your treatment and minimize the impact that cancer has on you and your loved ones' daily lives.

Possible side effects

Cancer is challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. At Northwell Health Cancer Institute, a wide range of support groups are available to help you cope with diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment issues.

Learn more about support groups

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