Issues and challenges in palliative care for children with cancer.

Friedman DL, Hilden JM, Powaski K
Curr Oncol Rep. 2004 6 (6): 431-7

PMID: 15485611

Although the majority of children with cancer are cured of their illness, the children who die from their disease or complications require special care at the end of life. We present special issues and challenges unique to pediatric palliative care and suggest ways in which we can face these issues and address the challenges. The care must be family centered and balance the needs of the health-care system, the child, and the family. The way in which the care is delivered, the services provided, and the place in which that care is given are not carved into a simple protocol. Quality of life is an important concept that is often overlooked. Educational initiatives for patients, families, health-care providers, and third-party payers are essential. Reimbursement for palliative care services presents a large barrier to provision of appropriate services to all children and families in need. Hypothesis-driven research must be developed to help us learn more about how best to deliver end-of-life care to children and their families.

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Child Ethics, Medical Health Services Accessibility Humans Medical Oncology Neoplasms Pain Palliative Care Parents Patient Education as Topic Pediatrics

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