Cancer and Blood Disorders
About the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Seattle Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats all childhood blood disorders and cancers – including rare and complex diseases.
Awards and Recognition
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Seattle Children’s as one of the top 10 cancer programs for children and adolescents in the nation. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Cancer Center 6th best in the country.
Treatment for Childhood and Young Adult Cancer
Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of pediatric cancer experts treats more than 250 newly diagnosed patients with cancer every year – more than any other center in the region – and provides follow-up care to more than 12,700 children and adolescents.
Seattle Children’s, along with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine, are proud founding members of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), and together are an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Children receive advanced diagnosis and treatments, participate in state-of-the-art research studies and get specialized care in clinics (as outpatients) and in our 48-bed Cancer Care Unit (as inpatients).
Our doctors, nurses and many other staff members are experts at working with patients up to age 21 for all conditions and up to age 30 for select diagnoses.
In fact, research shows that for certain kinds of cancer, adolescents and young adults with cancer tend to do better on treatment plans designed for children than on adult treatment plans. Seattle Children’s may be the best place for children, even as they enter adulthood.
More than 30 years ago, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center pioneered hematopoietic stem cell transplant, a treatment for blood disorders. Children were the first patients to receive this therapy.
Since that time, more than 2,400 young children and adolescents have received this lifesaving procedure. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been performing stem cell transplants longer than any other program in the world.
What Makes Our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Special?
A commitment to the well-being of your child and family-centered care
Our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center expanded from 33 beds in shared rooms to 48 beds in private rooms. These rooms have special amenities to help providers and caregivers focus on the wellbeing of your child. Sixteen beds (out of the 48) are designed especially for adolescents and young adults.
Learn more about our Cancer Care Unit.
Our physician-scientists are international leaders in research that improves the outlook for young children and teens fighting cancer
Their research and the treatments they are developing are also reducing the side effects and long-term effects patients experience from disease and treatment.
Many of our doctors are leading clinical trials within national organizations, such as Dr. Douglas S. Hawkins with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Dr. J. Russell Geyer with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC) and Dr. Julie R. Park with New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapies (NANT).
This gives our patients the opportunity to receive the most current treatments available.
Our multifaceted research program addresses cancer from a variety of directions
The laboratory research of Dr. James M. Olson aims to improve understanding of cancer cells at a molecular level. Dr. Irwin D. Bernstein develops innovative new drugs to treat cancer. Dr. Michael Jensen is pursuing a cutting-edge treatment that reprograms a child’s defense system to attack and kill cancer cells, without chemotherapy or radiation – or their debilitating side effects.
Our patients benefit from the close partnership of specialists from many disciplines who work together to battle cancer
These disciplines include general pediatric surgery, hematology, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics, radiation oncology and transplantation.
Treatment for blood disorders
We care for children and young adults with many types of blood disorders, including problems with blood cells, bone marrow and clotting.
Our experts diagnose and treat these diseases, and we offer testing and counseling for families concerned about inherited blood problems.
Learn more about our hematology program.