Head of department
Dr Sarah Dauchy

+33 (0)1 42 11 40 53

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Interdisciplinary Department of Supportive Care for
Onco-Haematology Patients (DISSPO)

DISSPO is responsible for organising and coordinating care and support to complement treatment of the disease and to ameliorate the patient’s quality of life. The department houses multidisciplinary teams comprising various medical specialists (pain relief, palliative medicine, nutritional experts and psychiatrists), nurses, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and physiotherapists. These teams become involved when asked to do so by the care team or by patients themselves. DISSPO also coordinates patient-directed care provided by volunteers and charitable associations.

DISSPO’s work is conducted in two areas:

  • Supportive care (pain relief, palliative care, psychological management, dietary and nutritional help and physiotherapy). These complement the oncological treatment and contribute to overall management. Supportive care, tailored to needs, is available for all in-patient, outpatient and ambulatory care patients.  
    > For more information on supportive care
  • Unconventional approaches established within the framework of the «Mieux Vivre le Cancer» (Living Better with Cancer) Programme. This comprises various aspects: cosmetic care and well-being, artistic and cultural activity, physical exercise and personal support. The programme is financed charitably and coordinates the contributions of various health-care professionals and volunteers. Some of the activities are open to all patients, while others, in a pilot phase, are targeted on certain groups.  
    > For further information on «Living better with Cancer»

Research and Teaching

The DISSPO teams provide varied educational courses and contribute to teaching at several Paris Universities including Paris XI and Paris V. In addition, the Centre for Assessment and Treatment of Pain coordinates two national university teaching programmes.
Research is particularly focused on psycho-oncology and nutrition, and is being developed in the fields of pain and palliative care.

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