Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Center

Palliative Care…

  • Palliative care seeks to enhance quality of life
  • Helps families pursue comfort-oriented goals concurrently with cure-directed therapy
  • Manage a child’s pain and other symptoms so he or she is comfortable, but not asleep or unconscious 
  • Talk openly with family about a child’s prognosis and treatment side effects so families can make tough, but informed, decisions
  • Optimize achievement of goals and potential for children on a complex medical journey


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports an integrated model of palliative care, in which components of palliative care are offered at diagnosis of a life-limiting disease and continued through the course of illness, whether the outcome ends in cure or death.  The Pain and Palliative Care team supports this goal, in addition to providing palliative care to children with chronic disease and acute life-threatening events.  Our team is dedicated to helping children live life to the fullest.  


Palliative care is NOT exclusive.
It is offered concurrently with curative therapy.



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