A young patient poses for a picture at the Children Cancer Center in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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About 80 percent of the center's patients have been cured of cancer, just like Suad.Fundraising is challenging due to Lebanon's tough economic situation, while the cost of treating the children is rising as the center accepts more non-Lebanese patients.That addition is crucial because the cost of treating each child at CCCL is about $50,000 a year, and on average, treatment lasts about three years.The center has 250 patients who are fully enrolled and can accept a maximum of 90 new patients per year. For children who have no hope of survival, the doctors provide them with "palliative care" – a form of treatment that emphasizes pain relief and helps children and families cope with the idea of dying."With teenagers, you can't deceive them because they go and read things on the Internet".She said that she now tries to maintain a bit of distance outside the center from the families, to avoid being overwhelmed emotionally if a child does not survive.
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