Psychosocial care is the support offered to a person, their family members or carers to help them come to terms with a diagnosis of cancer, its treatment, and its aftermath (whether cure, continuing illness, or death).
This type of care helps people to adjust to the effects of cancer, maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible afterwards. It should be given equal priority alongside medical aspects of care.
The range of professionals offering psychosocial care includes clinical nurse specialists, GPs, psychologists, counsellors working in a variety of areas and cancer care counsellors, social workers, chaplains, consultants, palliative care doctors and nurses, and therapists (e.g. radiotherapist, occupational therapist).