Cancer patients often experience pain, nausea, emotional distress, and other symptoms caused by the disease and/or the side effects of treatment. Their caregivers may become stressed and overwhelmed, too. When those issues grow beyond basic, expected side effects and are no longer under control, supportive and palliative care can help.
Even after his prostate cancer diagnosis at age 72, my dad was a stubbornly independent person. He insisted on driving himself to his clinic visits, doing the grocery shopping and cooking as usual, never hinting in our weekly phone conversations that he might be sad or anxious or tired.