symptom management

Pronunciation: (SIMP-tum MA-nij-ment)

Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of symptom management is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. Also called comfort care, palliative care, and supportive care.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2002-12-21 Date last modified: 2008-03-11