At Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, our outcomes significantly exceed the national average for a wide range of cancers.

What Seattle Children’s Measures and Why

“Outcomes” refer to the results of treatment and evaluate how effective care is. We also provide statistics such as the number of stem cell transplants performed and patients seen (volumes).

We gather this data to:

  • Measure the health of our patients
  • Improve the quality of the care we provide
  • Help you make informed decisions about your child’s care

Learn more about outcomes at Seattle Children’s.

Five-Year Survival of Cancer Patients Diagnosed 2002–2011

We treat the entire range of childhood and young adult blood disorders and cancers – including rare and complex diseases. We bring years of experience to your child’s unique situation.

Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is the largest pediatric oncology program in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region and the second-largest program west of the Rocky Mountains. Our survival rates consistently exceed the national average. This chart shows:

  • The percentage of children with cancer who survived for at least 5 years after doctors diagnosed their disease. The children represented here were diagnosed between 2002 and 2011, and at that time they were age 20 or younger.
  • “Five-year survival” is the measurement for success used by hospitals throughout the nation. Using this measurement allows you to compare us with other hospitals
  • 88.7%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    87.2%
    National average 5-year survival
    470
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 82.8%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    71.7%
    National average 5-year survival
    672
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 66.3%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    69.9%
    National average 5-year survival
    67
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 93.9%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    91.2%
    National average 5-year survival
    34
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 97.7%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    96.1%
    National average 5-year survival
    87
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 82.7%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    85.5%
    National average 5-year survival
    112
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 76.9%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    74.8%
    National average 5-year survival
    122
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 59.4%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    67.3%
    National average 5-year survival
    86
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 54.5%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    64.8%
    National average 5-year survival
    56
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 100%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    99.1%
    National average 5-year survival
    42
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients
  • 95.9%
    Seattle Children’s 5-year survival
    91.7%
    National average 5-year survival
    102
    Number of Seattle Children’s patients

Where does this data come from?

This data reflects national metrics reported to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program at the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Number of New Cancer Patients Annually

Seattle Children’s treats some of the WWAMI region’s most complex, advanced cancers and blood disorders.

Total number of new patients, 2012–2016

1,281

2016

181
Age 0 to 14
66
Age 15 to 20+

2015

193
Age 0 to 14
60
Age 15 to 20+

2014

205
Age 0 to 14
51
Age 15 to 20+

2013

193
Age 0 to 14
64
Age 15 to 20+

2012

208
Age 0 to 14
46
Age 15 to 20+

Average New Cancer Patients Annually by Disease

46
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
10
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
75
Brain
8
Ewing sarcoma
8
Germ cell
14
Hodgkin lymphoma
5
Liver
9
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
12
Neuroblastoma
9
Osteosarcoma
7
Renal (kidney)
3
Retinoblastoma
7
Rhabdomyosarcoma
8
Soft tissue tumors
6
Thyroid
15
Others

Stem Cell Transplant Survival Rates, 2004–2016

The tables below show information about Seattle Children’s patients who had a stem cell transplant.

Stem cell transplant (100-day) survival rates, 2004–2016

This table shows the percentages of patients who survived for at least 100 days after their transplant:

97%
2016
95%
2015
95%
2014
96%
2013
100%
2012
96%
2011
100%
2010
89%
2009
90%
2008
93%
2007
90%
2006
96%
2005
82%
2004

Stem cell transplant (1-year) survival rates, 2004–2015

This table shows the percentages of patients who survived for at least 1 year after their transplant:

82%
2015
91%
2014
84%
2013
89%
2012
89%
2011
95%
2010
81%
2009
81%
2008
79%
2007
86%
2006
83%
2005
74%
2004

Stem Cell Transplants, 1969–2016

The right side of this table lists different types of stem cell transplants. The left side shows how many of each type were performed for Seattle Children’s patients between the years of 1969 and 2016. 

440
Autologous
172
Cord blood
2,403
Malignant diseases
523
Non-malignant diseases
1,653
Matched allogenic
833
Mismatched allogenic
121
Reduced intensity conditioning
781
Unrelated donor

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Talk with your child’s doctor or contact the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at 206-987-2106.

Statistics and Outcomes: What do they mean?

Statistics, outcomes, volumes, survival rates – these numbers may seem overwhelming at first, but they can help you choose the best place for your child’s care.

 



Updated September 2017