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Advanced Cancer

On this page you will find resources to help support you in your journey with advanced cancer.

AYA Supportive Care Clinic

AYA Palliative Care Clinic waiting area

Supportive care is an area of health care that focuses on providing the best quality of life for people with advanced illness. People of every age and at any point in their illness can get supportive care. It can be given when a cure is possible, in advanced disease, and at the end of life.

How can the Supportive Care Clinic help me?
The supportive care team provides a support system for many people. The team will work with you to suggest care plans to help with:

  • Symptom management:
    Improve your quality of life by addressing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and sleep.
  • Advanced care planning:
    This is a process of reflection and communication. It allows you to take time to reflect on your values and wishes. This process is also to let others know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.
  • Connecting with hospital and community resources and services:
    These services can include occupational therapy, physical therapy, the psychosocial oncology team, and home care teams.

How can I access the AYA Supportive Care Clinic?

Contact us at aya@uhn.ca if you are interested in learning more.

Online Resources​

Melanie’s Way
Rethink Breast Cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer
Living Out Loud.Life Digital Health Tool

Young Adults with Cancer - Short Documentary Series

The following three videos are part of a six-part documentary series about the experience of younger adults whose lives have been affected by cancer. To view all videos in this series, visit AYA Educational Resources »

Part 4: What Palliative Care Really Is
Part 5: Talking About Death
Part 6: Grief and Loss

Understanding Grief - Short Lecture Series

Grief is the psychological response to any loss. In this five-part lecture series, learn more about grief from Dr. Pamela Mosher, Psychiatrist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Lecture 1: Why Grief Is Not Just About Death
Lecture 2: Anticipatory Grief
Lecture 3: Disenfranchised Grief
Lecture 4: Grief After Death
Lecture 5: Grieving Is Not a Linear or Stage-Based Process

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Last reviewed: 6/20/2022
Last modified: 1/23/2024 9:23 AM
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