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Supportive Care Evidence-based Series (EBS) and Practice Guidelines (PG)

Supportive care includes the services needed by people living with or affected by cancer. This sort of care is intended to meet patients' physical, informational, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical needs during the pre-diagnostic, diagnostic, treatment and follow-up phases.

The Supportive Care Guidelines Development Group (Supportive Care GDG) produces evidence-based reports to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Reports produced by this group are available below.

The PEBC has a formal and standardized process to ensure the currency of each document (please see the PEBC Assessment & Review Protocol for more information). This process guides clinical experts to assess a document’s current status and relevance. A final status statement is added to the document when this review process is complete. The current status of each guidance document is noted beside the title and link as outlined below:

  • Documents listed as CURRENT are 3 years old or less, up-to-date, and can be used for decision making.
  • Documents listed as IN REVIEW are undergoing assessment for currency and relevance.  The DSG/GDG has determined that it is still appropriate for this document to continue to be available while this updating process unfolds.
  • Documents that are listed as “FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES” are documents for which no further updates are planned and whose recommendations may no longer be consistent with recent evidence.  They may be of educational, historical, clinical, or system interest.

If you have any questions regarding a document that is “In Review,” please contact the PEBC ( or the lead author of the document.

For Education and Information Purposes

  • The Prevention and Management of Acute Skin Reactions Related to Radiation Therapy
  • The Use of Gabapentin and Tricyclic Antidepressants in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain in Cancer Patients
  • Radiotherapy Fractionation for The Palliation of Uncomplicated Painful Bone Metastases
  • Management of Brain Metastases: Role of Radiotherapy Alone or in Combination with Other Treatment Modalities
    The ARCHIVED guideline is available upon request at
  • The Treatment of Lymphedema Related to Breast Cancer
  • The Management of Dyspnea in Cancer Patients

Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC)
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Phone: 905.527.4322 ext. 42822
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Last modified: Wed, Jan 27, 2016
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