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Tay-Sachs, Canavan, GM1 and Sandhoff diseases

Management of Canavan

There is no treatment or cure for Canavan disease but there are ways to manage symptoms.  These range from life-extending interventions like a feeding tube to comfort measures like massage to promote relaxation.

Newly diagnosed families should read Finding Your Philosophy of Care, available through NTSAD. It will help parents develop a care plan and care goals to aid in major care choices. Another resource is the film, Parenting a Child with Life-Limiting Illness.

Data suggests lithium and other drugs may slow and even halt the progression of the disease in some patients. To learn more about these options please contact our Director of Family Services, Kim Kubilus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (800) 906-8723.