6.6 Pallative Care

6.6 Pallative Care

Early referral to palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with cancer and in some cases may be associated with survival benefits (Haines 2011; Temel et al. 2010; Zimmermann et al. 2014). The treatment team should emphasise the value of palliative care in improving symptom management and quality of life to patients and their carers. Refer to section 4.3 for more detailed information.

CAYA with an uncertain prognosis and a high symptom burden should be able to access palliative care support alongside curative-intent therapies.

Cases of relapse should trigger a referral to palliative care services.

The lead clinician should ensure timely and appropriate referral to paediatric palliative care services. Referral to palliative care services should be based on the patient’s need and potential for benefit, not prognosis.

More information

Refer to the end of section 4.3 ‘Palliative care’ for links to resources.