Pediatric cancer is a disease that affects an entire family, not only the child that is diagnosed. The threat that cancer poses to a family, both nuclear and extended, is immense and burdensome. Psychosocial care is a necessary, yet often overlooked part of any pediatric cancer treatment plan as families endure fiscal and emotional stresses during their experience, both during treatment and beyond. The introduction of psychosocial support during the course of treatment can increase management of symptoms, improve adherence to treatment, and provide better outcomes and quality of life.
Funds designated for psychosocial programs are used to provide families with access to counseling services, including psychiatric care and support group activities as well as preparations for future visits and check-ins. Development of long-term psychosocial goals are meant to assist children and their families along the entire course of treatment and beyond, including, unfortunately, support for bereaved families.
In 2018 MCF continued to support the activities provided to entertain children at MSK through the support of the Joy Fund, which provides recreational programming for children in treatment. This support is enabled by the Spreading Smiles for Saige program, run by Dr. Heather Landau and Daniel Pfeffer.
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