For more than 100 years, Seattle Children's has been treating only children. Our staff is trained in blood disorders and cancer (hematology-oncology), and in meeting the unique needs of children.
Your child's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team is made up of staff members from many specialties.
Childhood cancer doctors (pediatric oncologists) have special training in how to diagnose and treat childhood cancers. Their training and experience are important for children and families facing this disease.
They know the ways that cancer starts and acts in children, and that children are different than adults because they are still growing and developing - physically, mentally and socially.
Our doctors create treatment plans that draw from their years of professional experience and the newest research on what works best - and most safely - for children.
Cancer in children is not very common. It accounts for only about 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. That's why primary care doctors often have limited knowledge of how to treat childhood cancer.
As a result, almost all children with cancer in the United States receive treatment through one of the children's cancer centers that are in the
Children's Oncology Group (COG)
COG is a cooperative group of more than 200 institutions worldwide that work together to research, prevent, treat and cure childhood cancer. It is supported by the
National Cancer Institute
. Seattle Children's is one of the COG centers.
Beyond the basics of the disease and its treatment, children with cancer and their families have other special needs - from how to keep up with school during treatment to planning for long-term effects of cancer and treatment as they become adults.
Our staff provides a full range of care designed to support our patients and their families through all aspects of their journey.
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