Guidelines for assistance to terminally ill children with cancer: a report of the SIOP Working Committee on psychosocial issues in pediatric oncology

Med Pediatr Oncol. 1999 Jan;32(1):44-8. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1096-911x(199901)32:1<44::aid-mpo9>;2-p.


This, the sixth official document of the SIOP Working Committee on psychosocial issues in pediatric oncology, develops another important and especially difficult topic: assistance for terminally ill children with cancer. This is provided for the pediatric oncology community as a useful set of guidelines. It should be always possible for a declining child to die without unnecessary physical pain, fear, or anxiety. It is essential that he or she receive adequate medical, spiritual, and psychological support, and that the child at no point feels abandoned. Palliative care, in the terminal phase of cancer, should be tailored to the different needs and desires of the child and the family, with the goal of providing the best possible quality of life for the days that remain.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / prevention & control
  • Attitude to Death
  • Bereavement
  • Child
  • Child Care*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Counseling
  • Family Health
  • Fear / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pain / prevention & control
  • Palliative Care*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Terminal Care*