For some children, treatment for high-risk leukemia includes very high doses of chemotherapy medicines and a stem cell transplant to replace the body’s system for making blood cells. We work closely with Fred Hutch, whose doctors pioneered this lifesaving procedure 40 years ago. Fred Hutch is our partner in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Dr. Marie Bleakley, co-director of our program, runs a research lab at Fred Hutch that focuses on improving outcomes for children with high-risk leukemia. Her lab is developing T-cell immunotherapies aimed at preventing relapse in children after stem cell transplants.
Our team works with your family through the whole process – preparing for transplant, doing the transplant here at Seattle Children’s and caring for your child as they recover.
Your child’s cancer doctor and transplant doctor work together to plan and monitor treatment. This includes:
- How to get your child’s disease in remission, including new approaches like immunotherapy
- The best kind of transplant for your child, if one is needed
- How to reduce the risk of cancer coming back