When your child begins treatment for cancer or a blood disease, most likely you are stepping into a whole new world. We want to help put your mind at ease by giving you an idea of what to expect when you and your child come to Seattle Children's.

In this section, we'll help you find out what to expect before, during and after a visit, and provide answers to some common questions.

Hematology and Oncology Clinic

Children's provides care for children with cancer and blood diseases for patients up to age 21 for all conditions, and up to 30 for select diagnoses. Most of these patients begin their journey with us at our Hematology and Oncology Clinic, sometimes called "Hem/Onc" (heem-onk) for short.

You most likely have many questions about Children's and how to prepare your child for a clinic visit. Get more information about your child's clinic visit, including:

  • Important things to do before the appointment
  • Tips on helping your child feel safer about the upcoming visit
  • Paperwork to remember the day of the appointment
  • Suggested questions to ask your child's doctor
  • How to prepare for care at home


Preparing your child and yourselves for surgery may help reduce your family's stress during this time.

Our team is committed to helping children who need surgery and their families cope well with the experience. We want you to know what's going to happen each step of the way.

Learn more about what to expect if your child is having surgery, including:

  • What to do once surgery is scheduled
  • Tips to help your child feel safer about the surgery
  • What to bring the day of surgery
  • What to expect the day of surgery
  • Helpful questions to ask your child's doctor
  • How to prepare for care at home

Your Hospital Stay

Children who stay at the hospital (inpatients) to receive care for cancer and blood diseases stay in our Cancer Care Unit.

The new Cancer Care Unit is located in the top two levels of the Forest zone and is specially designed with private patient rooms, family lounges, care team spaces and quiet rooms.

Find out what you need to know about your child's stay at Children's, including:

  • Things to do before your child's arrival
  • Preparing your child for a hospital stay
  • What to expect during your child's stay
  • Helpful questions to ask your child's doctor
  • Information to help you after your child has been discharged