Comprehensive care is an approach that cares for the whole patient and all his or her needs, not just the medical and physical ones. Comprehensive care – using the services of many professionals working together – is the standard approach at all major medical centers that treat with cancer.
- State-of-the-art medical diagnosis and treatment, including the chance to take part in clinical trials
- A wide range of services for patients and families, including education, counseling, support groups, advocacy, and other special programs to help improve the quality of life of patients and their families
- Referral to available local resources to help meet basic needs, such as meals, a place to stay during treatment, and transportation
- Organized efforts to help patients cope with treatment, tests, and procedures
- Advocacy programs to help with families’ financial concerns about treatment and related costs
- Ongoing research that looks at and evaluates the results of all treatments and services