Social Sciences & Cancer
Pain management, psychological support, nutrition and adapted physical activity, social support... oncology support care is designed to help each patient live better with his or her disease and treatments according to his or her needs. Nowadays, supportive care is fully integrated into cancer management and is recognized for its benefits to the patient's well-being and even to his or her chances of recovery.
Institut Curie has a dedicated supportive care department - the Interdisciplinary Department of Supportive Care for Oncology (DISSPO) - which brings together healthcare professionals so that they can work hand in hand to offer patients an optimal and multidisciplinary care.
Institut Curie's supportive care department gathers multidisciplinary specialists - psycho-oncologists, onco-geriatricians, pain specialists, hypnotherapists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, social workers, socio-aestheticians - that work to improve life quality for both patients and their families throughout the illness, in addition to the actual anti-cancer treatment. In the accompaniment and management of patients with cancer, four types of support care are essential: pain management, dietary management, psychological support and social support.
Institut Curie also conducts numerous research programs aimed at improving the effectiveness of treatments and patient comfort.