Right now more than 80 kids are being treated for cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL. Another 300 children and young adults are continuing to be monitored as part of our after Pediatric Cancer Care Program (PACE). A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for the entire family unit – psychologically, financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
A cancer diagnosis means a protocol of treatment that can last up to three years or longer with weekly and even daily visits. Golisano Children’s Hospital is part of the Children’s Oncology Group which provides the same access to clinical trials and research shared by other centers of excellence around the world. Thanks to donors like you, Golisano Children’s Hospital provides family support services including a child psychologist at no cost for any family member to see.
Barbara’s Friends Hematology and Oncology Program sees an average of 400 outpatient visits a month and provides resources to ensure that young cancer patients living in Southwest Florida receive the specialized and personalized care they need close to home.
Our children don’t have to travel when they are undergoing treatment with frequent critical visits, infusions and long inpatient stays. That means families can stay together, and children can be surrounded by their siblings, friends and family in the area. They can sleep in their own homes more often and return to their own schools as soon as they are well enough. All of this makes a lifesaving difference in their survival and recovery.