23. Palliative Care

  1. Edward J. Estlin BSc (Hons), PhD, MRCP, FRCPCH Macmillan Consultant2,
  2. Richard J. Gilbertson B.Med.Sci (Hons), MRCP, PhD Director3 and
  3. Robert F. Wynn BA, MD, MRCP, FRCPath Consultant Paediatric Haematologist Programme Director4
  1. Lynda Brook MBChB, MRCP, MSc Macmillan Consultant

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315134.ch23

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

How to Cite

Brook, L. (2010) Palliative Care, in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (eds E. J. Estlin, R. J. Gilbertson and R. F. Wynn), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315134.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Pediatric Oncology, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Molecular Clinical Trials Core, Departments of Developmental Neurobiology and Oncology, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

  3. 4

    Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester, UK

Author Information

  1. Alder Hey Children's Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153508

Online ISBN: 9781444315134



  • Palliative Care;
  • central nervous system (CNS);
  • Principles of palliative care;
  • Pain rating scales;
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms;
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID);
  • N-methyl D-asparate (NMDA);
  • Neurological symptoms;
  • Communication and psychological symptoms


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Principles of palliative care

  • Pain (Box 23.5)

  • Pain rating scales

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Neurological symptoms

  • Other symptoms

  • Communication and psychological symptoms

  • The last few hours and days

  • Conclusion and future directions

  • References