Palliative care:  Symptom management as well as addressing the psychological, social, or spiritual needs of children and their families.  It can include, but is not limited to, end-of-life and bereavement.

Curative therapy:  Treatment aimed at curing a disease.

Hospice:  Medical and multi-disciplinary care for patients with 6 months or less to live, if the disease follows its expected course.  Curative therapy is not performed at this time.  Hospice aims to provide the best quality of life for the patient and support for family.

DNR/AND:  DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and AND (Allow Natural Death) are terms that describe allowing someone to die, without using shocks to restart a heart, putting a tube in the mouth to help someone breathe, or performing CPR.  It does NOT mean “Do Nothing.”  Patients are cared for, symptoms are managed, and medical therapy is given.


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