Supportive/Palliative Care focuses on ensuring the best possible quality of life for patients with a chronic or serious illness. This program addresses the patient’s need for comfort. Supportive/Palliative Care focuses on the relief of pain and any symptom of distress. It is available from diagnosis throughout the course of the disease in various settings, including the hospital, outpatient clinics, home, school and the community.
Supportive/Palliative Care professionals work with the primary medical team, the patient and the family to create a life full of hopeful possibilities for the child, while creating a comforting environment. Supportive/Palliative Care differs from hospice in that it can be used along with treatments aimed to cure the disease.