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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

Faye was a 19-year-old college freshman when she was diagnosed with leukemia and treated at Seattle Children's.

Seattle Children’s internationally recognized experts treat the toughest cancers in teens and young adults to help them survive and thrive in the future.

A third of patients with cancer at Seattle Children’s are adolescents or young adults into their late 20s. Patients in this age range have different healthcare needs than children or older adults. Our team partners with teens, young adults and their families to develop a treatment plan that meets each patient where they are—physically, mentally and emotionally—to give them the best chance for a long and healthy life.

Meet Faye

Faye was a 19-year-old college freshman when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She chose to be treated at a pediatric hospital with expertise treating patients her age. At Seattle Children’s, Faye received the level of compassionate care that’s offered to pediatric patients while also being respected as a young adult capable of making choices about her care. Today, Faye is cancer-free, back in school and thriving.

Watch Faye’s Story


Teen and Young Adult Cancers We Treat

We have exceptional expertise treating many cancers that are common for teens and young adults, including:

Our Services for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer

Seattle Children's Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program was one of the first in the country for teens and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. Our team provides expert and comprehensive care including psychosocial services that are specifically tailored to the individual needs of patients in their early teens to late 20s.

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Fertility Preservation

Cancer and its treatments can impact your ability to have children in the future. Seattle Children’s offers more fertility preservation options than any other hospital in our region.

If your treatment puts you at risk of becoming infertile, our providers will guide you through various options, their benefits, limitations and success rates to help you make a choice that’s right for you.

Fertility Preservation Options

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Clinical Trials

Seattle Children’s cancer leaders head numerous national pediatric cancer steering committees, clinical trials and research consortiums in various areas including leukemia, solid tumors, brain tumors and survivorship.

You will have access to the latest investigational treatments and early-phase research studies, including phase 1 clinical trials like CAR T-cell immunotherapy.

We understand there is a lot to consider when searching for the right clinical trial. To discuss clinical trial options, email


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Mental Health and Social Support

Cancer treatment can impact your mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. Your team will provide holistic care to support your individual needs through our social workers; psychologists; teen and young adult support groups; and gaming, art and music therapies. 


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Cancer Survivor Support

Once you finish your treatment, you can continue to receive support in Seattle Children’s Cancer Survivor Program. Specialized providers offer long-term follow-up care to help you stay healthy long after being treated for cancer.

Learn about our Cancer Survivor Program

Leaders in Care Focused on Teens and Young Adults

33% of patients with cancer at Seattle Children's are teens and young adults
#1 top-ranked pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News & World Report
619 number of patients aged 15 and older with cancer under our care in the last 5 years

We treat children, teens and young adults with the most complex cancers. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center among the best in the United States. Seattle Children’s also ranks as the top children’s hospital in the Northwest and among the nation’s best.

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Cancer Resources for Teens and Young Adults

Support for You and Your Family

A cancer diagnosis can be stressful for the whole family, which is why our program was designed with a complete support system. Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and social workers help you and your family through the challenges of your illness. Whether you live nearby or far away, we can help with financial counseling, school, housing, transportation, interpreter services and spiritual care. We also connect you to community resources and support groups.

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Paying for Care

Learn about paying for care at Seattle Children’s, including insurance coverage, billing and financial assistance.


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