Our Oncology Program cares for children from infancy to patients up to age 21 for all conditions, and up to age 30 for select diagnoses.
We treat cancer and tumors using many types of therapy – such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hematopoietic cell transplants.
Because our physicians participate in ongoing, national research studies to find cures for cancer, we can also offer many patients the choice to take part in a study, where they can get the most current treatments available.
Seattle Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center consistently ranks as one of the nation's top 10 cancer centers, according to U.S. News & World Report. Besides addressing children's cancer, we also care about their developing bodies and minds. Our specialty is treating and curing our patients' disease while helping them to grow up to be healthy and productive.
We work to minimize both short-term and long-term side effects of therapy. We also offer many kinds of support and services to help you and your whole family get through cancer treatment.
Seattle Children's partnership with Fred Hutch and UW Medicine forms the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), bringing together specialists in research and treatment to provide comprehensive, leading-edge pediatric care.
What conditions do you treat?
At Children's, we treat all forms of cancer and tumors that may affect children, including:
We have an outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic for children who need care but don't require a hospital stay. For children who need to stay overnight in the hospital, our Cancer Care Unit offers 48 beds in private rooms, including a dedicated level for adolescents and young adults. Read more about the new Cancer Care Unit.
What's special about the Oncology Program at Children's?
Children's has one of the five largest pediatric oncology programs in the country. We have expertise working with all kinds of childhood cancers and tumors.
When a child has cancer, it's important to get treatment from a facility where the doctors, nurses and other staff have had a lot of experience working with children.
Cancer in general is rare in children; some types are extremely rare. Because of that, community doctors, small cancer centers and adult oncologists do not have much experience treating these diseases.
We see more than 250 new patients with cancer each year and we are up to date on the best and newest treatments for children.
Curing cancer and blood disorders is our entire focus. Our survival rates for children with cancer are as high as or better than the national norms. Read more about our statistics.
Our Oncology Program brings together healthcare professionals from many fields to form a multidisciplinary team. For example, our oncologists collaborate closely with Children's surgeons, radiation therapy specialists, neurosurgeons and others so your child benefits from the expertise of a diverse team working together.
We also offer research options for people who choose to take part in clinical trials. These include studies to develop new drugs, to test new ways of treating a specific cancer and to decrease or eliminate the unwanted long-term effects of existing treatments while maintaining the cure rate.
Many of our doctors lead studies offered through the Children's Oncology Group, a national research cooperative dedicated to improving care for children with cancer and someday finding a cure.
The Cancer Survivor Program provides long-term follow-up care for patients who were treated for cancer during childhood. Another specialized program at the SCCA provides follow-up care for those who have had a hematopoietic cell transplant.
Who needs the Oncology Program?
Our program serves children and teens who are suspected of having cancer, already have a diagnosis of cancer or need a hematopoietic cell transplant.