This textbook is the first to focus on comprehensive interdisciplinary care approaches aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of children with cancer and their families throughout the illness experience. Among the topics addressed are the epidemiology of pediatric cancer distress, including physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions; the role of the interdisciplinary team; communication and advance care planning; symptom prevention and management; care at the end of life; family bereavement care; and approaches to ease clinician distress. The contributing authors are true experts and provide guidance based on the highest available level of evidence in the field. The book has not only an interdisciplinary but also an international perspective; it will appeal globally to all clinicians caring for children with cancer, including physicians, nurses, psychosocial clinicians, and chaplains, among others. "This book sets out to provide a broad review of palliative care in pediatric oncology. ... This book should be required reading for anyone working or training in pediatric oncology; it will give them a basic appreciation of what real palliative care is and what benefits it can bring to the child and family. It will also be of interest to anyone who works in pediatric palliative care." (Roger Woodruff, IAHPC Book Reviews, hospicecare.com, Vol. 19 (2), February, 2018)
Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology
Epidemiology of suffering in childhood cancer.- Impact of cancer on the child, parents, siblings and community.- The interdisciplinary oncology team and the role palliative care consultation.- Communication in pediatric palliative oncology.- The relationship between cancer-directed therapy and the pediatric oncology experience.- Easing physical distress.- Easing psychological distress.- Easing existential distress.- Easing social distress.- Care at the end of life.- Family bereavement Care.- Easing clinician distress.