Symptom management and palliative care

The Outreach, Symptom and Palliative Care Service provides support, advice and symptom management advice to children and young people (and their parents/carers) who are aged between 1 and 19 years, have cancer and have been referred to the Children and Young People's Unit at The Royal Marsden.

We work closely with other teams at The Royal Marsden, and in partnership with children and young people, their families and local services close to where they live. This allows us to optimise symptom management and means that children and young people can be cared for in a place of their choosing.

This service continues throughout the child or young person's illness and into follow-up and/or palliative care and bereavement.

The team consists of four Children and Young People's Oncology Outreach and Symptom Care Nurse Specialists (CYPOONS) and one Paediatric Consultant in Palliative Medicine.