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Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

We offer a full range of care for cancer and blood disorders. We treat more pediatric cancer patients than any other institution in the region. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children's Cancer Center 7th best in the country.

We are a national leader in childhood leukemia and lymphoma treatment and research, with top outcomes for our patients.

Seattle Children’s opens the country’s first inpatient cancer unit dedicated to teens and young adults.


Douglas S. Hawkins, MD

Clinical Director

Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

On staff since February 1996

Meet the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team.

Areas of Focus

  • Top Outcomes

    Survival rates at Seattle Children’s are higher than the national average for all forms of childhood cancer combined.  

  • Innovative New Cancer Trials

    The Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research has launched promising new trials that seek to harness the power of the immune system to effectively combat certain cancers with far less severe side effects – potentially reducing or eliminating the need for chemotherapy and radiation as we know it today.

  • Bone Marrow Transplant

    Seattle Children’s offers hematopoietic cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) to young patients through our partnership with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Each year, we perform transplants for approximately 50 children and teens.

Related Research

  • Early Gains for Cancer Immunotherapy

    Our work to use reprogrammed T cells to cure cancer moved from treating mice to helping people in 2013.

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  • New Hope for Neuroblastoma

    We've added smart radiation to the arsenal of tools that fight this deadly childhood cancer.

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  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today

    Patients at Children’s have access to the newest and best treatments because our physician-scientists are national leaders in the effort to make childhood cancer a thing of the past.

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  • Improving Quality of Life After Cancer

    Drs. Scott Baker and Eric Chow are on a mission to help survivors of childhood cancer live their healthiest possible lives.

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  • Progress in Cord Blood Transplants

    Dr. Colleen Delaney's pioneering approach to accelerating white blood cell recovery moves to Phase II trials.

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  • Changing the Outcome

    Groundbreaking research and a comprehensive model of care enable Children’s to improve outcomes for children with brain tumors.

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  • Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies

    Our mission is to keep children healthy through the gift of immunity.

  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research

    The Center for Clinical and Translational Research pioneered cancer therapies that make survival rates of Seattle Children’s patients the highest in the nation.

Related News and Press Releases


The Fault in “The Fault in Our Stars”
7.24.14 — On the Pulse Blog

I loved “The Fault in Our Stars.” Both the book and the movie. I read the book a few years ago during a flight. I cried so hard ... cont.

Doctor uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells
7.23.14 — FOX News

Dr.James Olson is a pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children’s, and the scientist who developed a compound using a protein ... cont.

Teen Patient Gives MTV-Style Tour Of Seattle Children's Hospital
7.11.14 — Evening Magazine

A local teenager is using the “MTV Cribs” show format to show off an unlikely place: Seattle Children’s Hospital. This is the ... cont.

Press Releases

Life Sciences Discovery Fund Grants $1 Million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute for Wash. Cancer Immunotherapy Initiative


BenTowne Foundation pledges additional $1 million to support project

Seattle Children’s Hospital opens Building Hope expansion and first teen and young adult cancer unit


Cancer and critical care patients move in April 21; emergency department opens April 23

Stand Up To Cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Grant $1.86 Million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute


Dream Team of seven institutions receive $14.5 million to develop therapies for most challenging-to-cure childhood cancers

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