Developing the supportive and palliative care throughout the country
Supportive and palliative care in Iran as an emerging service and specialty undoubtedly, plays an important role in alleviation of the suffering and pain of patients and increasing the quality of life and the quality of death of human beings. Although many countries around the world have recognized these services as one of the four pillars of cancer control (along with prevention, early diagnosis and treatment), government and non-governmental organizations have invested only small efforts in development and promotion of palliative care in Iran.
Furthermore, Iran is considered as one of the lowest-ranked countries of the world in terms of quality of death and quality of life of the patient with serious illnesses.
MACSA, the pioneer of supportive and palliative care in Iran, currently provides care in 6 cities of the country independently and in 2 other cities in cooperation with other organizations. MACSA seeks to expand these services across the country in the near future with the help of donors, the cooperation of experts, collaboration of policymakers and the synergy of governmental and non-governmental institutions, so that palliative care is readily available to all patients who may benefit from such services.
 The Plan will address cancer in a holistic way through four pillars: (1) prevention; (2) early detection; (3) diagnosis and treatment; and (4) quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.