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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 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children's Cancer Center 6th best in the country.

We are now offering proton therapy at SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center.

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

  • Survival Rates

    Survival rates at Seattle Children’s are higher than the national average for all forms of childhood cancer combined.  

  • Clinical Trials

    Many children with cancer can benefit from taking part in research studies called clinical trials. Our doctors are leaders in pediatric cancer research, including Phase 1 clinical trials of novel therapies — new drugs or other new treatment approaches that are available only to patients in studies.

  • Hematopoietic Cell 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

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Spearheading New Cancer Therapy

    Seattle Children’s takes a step toward revolutionizing the way cancer is treated with the hospital’s first reprogrammed T-cell immunotherapy trials for relapsed leukemia.

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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


Pro bull riders make teen’s wish come true
3.17.14 — Q13 Fox

Cancer patient Austin Dunlap got a visit from some special cowboys today at Seattle Children’s. Dunlap, 16, is being treated ... cont.

Seattle cancer researcher takes Project Violet to SXSW festival
3.7.14 — Puget Sound Business Journal

Renowned cancer researcher Dr. Jim Olson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s is heading to ... cont.

From hopeless to cancer free
2.18.14 — On the Pulse Blog

Five months ago, 20-year-old Milton was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in his young life. He was given less than a ... 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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