Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the U.S. Expert palliative care helps children and families navigate difficult decision-making and find hope in the face of unspeakable tragedy. In routine cancer care for children with high-risk disease, palliative care principles and services may help kids have better quality of life. St. Jude aims to become a worldwide resource in finding the best ways to make that happen.
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Palliative Care Experts
Justin Baker, MD, is chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care and is a founding member of the pediatric palliative care team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His research focuses on integrating palliative care into the ongoing care of children with cancer, including decision making support, pain and symptom management, hospice and community-based care. He also studies ethical considerations surrounding enrollment in Phase I clinical trials, pediatric palliative care in developing countries, and bereavement care of pediatric oncology families.