Kythe's vision of strengthening hope in pediatric cancer patients and their
families is embodied by its Child Life Program. The program has three main
goals. First, to promote optimum development by supporting age- appropriate
development. Second, minimize the psychological trauma by helping patient in
their families maintain their normal routine. Lastly, to give total quality care
from the time of disclosure up to the time the child survives, or in some cases
even after the child died.
It does this trough several ways, one is
giving emotional support via family counseling. Patients are also provided
activities to relieve stress and distract them from the pain. And even recovery
is no longer possible, Kythe still provides by visiting them at home and
counseling the family. Monetary assistance and bereavement counseling is given
to the families of those who do not survive.
But it doesn�t stop there,
Kythe also aims to increase awareness about pediatric oncology through education
and research. On campus campaigns in school are done through seminars. Kythe
train volunteers on how to care for pediatric patients and their families, as
well as staff from other hospitals who would like to set up it�s own Child Life
Program It also has a library valuable resource materials and supports further
researches in the field of pediatric oncology.
approach at the Tumor Clinic is holistic because the patient is treated not only
for his physical pain but for the patient�s emotional, social and spiritual pain
as well. The family is involved because when one member of the family is sick,
all the other members share the pain. Kythe, therefore, has programs that
involve different specialists and also involves the whole family, not just the
patient, for a complete and comprehensive treatment.