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Palliative care in adolescents

Publication year
2003
Author(s)
George, R.; Hutton, S.
Pages
2662-8
Volume
39
Number
18

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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