Opening of the TUCCA Hospice “Francesco Leonardo Beira”

As a result of research and treatment innovations led by TUCCA, Santa Marcelina Hospital and INCTR Brazil, more than 80 percent of children and adolescents with cancer seen at Santa Marcelina can now be cured. But while these results are similar to those obtained in North America and Europe, there remain some patients whose tumors are resistant to treatment. Care, however, is never witheld from children even when cure is not possible, and the very existence of a hospice reminds us that each of us has the right to die without physical pain and with dignity. Thus, the opening of the first Pediatric Hospice in Brazil will complement our activities by providing a unique state-of-the-art palliative care center. The Francesco Leonardo Beira center will provide symptom control and supportive services to poor children and adolescents with terminal cancer as well as to their family members and significant others 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Physical, social and emotional care will be provided by a clinically-directed interdisciplinary team consisting of patients and their families, professionals and volunteers. This initiative will also include research on clinical practice relevant to end-of-life care.

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