Importance of Social Support in Cancer Patients


Social support is regarded as a complex construct which has long been suggested to have direct and bufferingeffects on patients’ wellbeing and emotional adjustment to cancer. Cross-sectional and prospective studiesshow a positive association between perceived social support and psychological adjustment following cancertreatment. Research findings suggest that the evidence for the relationship between social support and cancerprogression is sufficiently strong. This report points out the importance of social support in cancer and providesrecommendations for health care professionals.