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Palliative Care Opportunities Missed in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Jason Harris
Published: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

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Physicians are missing opportunities to refer pediatric patients with hematologic malignancies (HM) to palliative care at the end of life, and those who are admitted to palliative care tend to have very advanced disease.

In general, patients with HM experienced the signs and symptoms of advanced leukemia. The most frequently reported symptoms in patients with non-HM conditions were neurological and gastrointestinal problems and emotional instability.
Hoell JI, Warfsmann J, Balzer S, et al. End-of-life care in children with hematologic malignancies. Oncotarget. 2017;8(52):89939-89948. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.21188.

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