Psychological and social support for cancer patients
A significant proportion of cancer patients have moderate-to-high needs for help to cope with their illness and its treatment. Many also report that they didn’t have adequate information to help them make decisions.
Untreated psychological conditions can result in greater pain, poorer physical functioning, higher medical costs and longer hospital stays as well as impacting on the person’s ability to work. In NSW it is clear that the level of unmet demand for support is large and likely to increase.
This continues to be an area of interest for CCNSW. We are currently investigating how to better understand the gaps in psychological and social support services and the impact on patients, their families and carers.