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Explaining PEdiatric Palliative Care

Palliative care begins at the moment of diagnosis and extends throughout the child's illness. Palliative care also includes ongoing support for bereaved family members. The goal of pediatric palliative care is to collaborate with the family to address comfort, minimize suffering, and maximize quality of life for the entire family.  George Mark Children's House supports families by facilitating medical communication, decision-making, providing access to resources and addressing emotional needs.

At George Mark Children’s House, we believe that all families deserve comprehensive, family-centered care from the moment of diagnosis onward.  Palliative care treatments work in conjunction with treatments that are meant to cure, often focusing on alleviating the pain and distressing symptoms of both illnesses and treatments.  If curative treatments are no longer effective, palliative care can help families make the most of every moment together.  Our goal is to enhance the quality of life, for however long that may be, for the entire family.

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