Palliative care in adolescents

  • R George
    Department of Oncology, University College London Hospitals Trust & The Palliative Care Centre, Camden Primary Care Trust, 1st Floor Wolfson Building, 48 Riding House St., London W1N 8AA, UK

    Centre for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine, University College London Medical School, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW, UK
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  • Sue Hutton
    Department of Oncology, University College London Hospitals Trust & The Palliative Care Centre, Camden Primary Care Trust, 1st Floor Wolfson Building, 48 Riding House St., London W1N 8AA, UK
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      Specialist Palliative Care's involvement in adolescent cancer is relatively new. The challenges are not so much to do with the technicalities of symptom control, but in walking the fine line with patients and families as they wrestle with transitions into an adulthood that will not happen and attempts to pack a lost future into a few months or years whilst coping with arduous and often futile treatments that attempt to buy some more time. The article explores some underlying principles and the model of care that has emerged at this specialist centre for adolescent care.


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