Our holistic model of palliative care focuses on optimizing quality of life and minimizing the suffering of children with advanced, complex and life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care team providers work closely with primary medical team members to assist in pain and symptom management, set goals and coordinate care in inpatient, outpatient and home settings.
The New York Times posted a photo essay by Austin photographer Ilana Panich-Linsman on several young patients and families being served by the extraordinary palliative medicine team at Seton’s Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Locations Offering This Service
Our palliative care services can assist children with:
- Conditions for which curative treatment is possible but may fail (like advanced cancer)
- Conditions for which there are long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging quality of life but for which premature death may be anticipated (such as HIV or cystic fibrosis)
- Progressive conditions where treatment is exclusively palliative from the time of diagnosis but may extend over many years (as with progressive metabolic disorders)
- Conditions with severe disability, often neurological, which, although not progressive, cause extreme vulnerability to health complications and where premature death may be anticipated (like extreme prematurity)