Supportive and palliative care (CSGSP)
Improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer
The NICE clinical guidance on supportive and palliative care (CSG) advises those who develop and deliver cancer services for adults with cancer about what is needed to make sure that patients, and their families and carers, are well informed, cared for and supported.
The key recommendations are:
- People affected by cancer should be involved in developing cancer services
- There should be good communication, and people affected by cancer should be involved in decision making
- Information should be available free of charge
- People affected by cancer should be offered a range of physical, emotional, spiritual and social support
- There should be services to help people living with the after-effects of cancer manage these for themselves
- People with advanced cancer should have access to a range of services to improve their quality of life
- There should be support for people dying from cancer
- The needs of family and other carers of people with cancer should be met
- There should be a trained workforce to provide services
In February 2009 NICE published guidance on advanced breast cancer that complements the cancer service guidance.
- Supportive and palliative care: Economic review
- Supportive and palliative care: Research evidence
- Supportive and palliative care: Executive summary
This page was last updated: 29 December 2011
- Full Guidance (PDF)
- Gwasanaethau gofal cynorthwyol a lliniarol i oedolion â chanser: deall canllawiau NICE
Information for the public
Implementation tools and resources
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See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guidance, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guidance for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.