Teaching supportive care: what is the core curriculum?

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cancer treatment options have developed rapidly in the past years. Targeted- and immune therapy have resulted in additional supportive care needs. This review describes a teaching program in supportive care. RECENT FINDINGS: Supportive care begins at the time of cancer diagnosis and continues until the patient has died or is cured and late toxicities and other survivorship issues have been properly addressed. Supportive care is divided into four phases. In the curative phase, competences regarding prevention and management of acute treatment and subacute treatment side effects are important. In the survivorship phase, competences related to late toxicity and chronic toxicity are warranted. In the palliative phase, focus will be on competences concerning cancer complications, and specific end-of-life competences are needed as well. Obviously some competences are needed in all phases, for example, communication skills. SUMMARY: Competences concerning symptoms and complications are summarized for each phase in table format. General competences are listed in the text body of the manuscript. Regular update and implementation is crucial. The future cancer population will consist of a higher number of older cancer patients and survivors. This should reflect curriculum updates as should the increasing possibilities for multigene sequencing enabling personal medicine (including supportive care) to a larger extent than today.

TidsskriftCurrent Opinion in Oncology
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)279-286
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2021

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