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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


Remembering Daniel and the Legacy He Left Behind
8.5.14 — On the Pulse Blog

In my last post about “The Fault in Our Stars,” I made a comment about how most patients live, if not thrive after their ... cont.

'No one is too young, no one is too fit': At 23, Bald Ballerina fights advanced breast cancer
7.31.14 — NBC's Today Show

A dancer since the age of 4, Maggie Kudirka knows the grit, discipline and focus required to become a professional ballerina. ... cont.

What Are Scorpion Venom And Brain Tumors Doing In A Lab Together?
7.29.14 — KUOW

After removing a tumor, surgeons are confronted with an unfortunate reality: They can’t be sure they got it all. It can be ... 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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Each year, hundreds of kids like Carli receive the region’s most advanced pediatric cancer care from Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team. Your support makes it possible.

Conquering Childhood Cancer

Conquering Childhood Cancer

Meet the patients and families dealing with childhood cancer and their care teams. Watch the video to see how our generous community and Seattle Children’s supports patients and their families in fighting childhood cancer.

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