Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
What is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program?
The compassionate experts at Seattle Children's Leukemia and Lymphoma Program care for young people with cancers of the blood or lymph system. These diseases include:
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)(uh-KYOOT LIM-foh-BLAS-tik loo-KEE-mee-uh) and relapsed ALL
- Acute myeloid leukemia (uh-KYOOT MY-eh-loyd loo-KEE-mee-uh)
- Hodgkin lymphoma (HOJ-kin lim-FOH-muh))
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (non-HOJ-kin lim-FOH-muh)
Our entire focus is on helping your child beat their disease and thrive. Each year we care for many babies, children, teens and young adults with these cancers. Some are just starting their first treatment. Others have refractory, relapsed or recurrent disease.
If your child’s leukemia has features that make it harder to treat or more likely to come back after treatment, they will get advanced care from our High-Risk Leukemia Program.
What’s special about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program at Seattle Children’s?
At Seattle Children’s, we bring together a team of top experts to provide seamless, coordinated care for your child’s unique needs. This includes access to treatment options that many centers do not offer.
“The staff at Seattle Children’s are rock stars, every last one of them.”
- We treat more young people with leukemia and lymphoma than any other hospital in our region. See our statistics and outcomes.
- Through our partnership in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), our patients benefit from the work of physician-scientists at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine, as well as at Seattle Children’s. The National Cancer Institute has named our partnership a comprehensive cancer center.
- Many children are cured of leukemia with standard treatments. But if their disease resists treatment or comes back, your child, will get care from our team of experts in high-risk leukemia research, diagnostics and treatment.
- Our doctors are national and international leaders in finding and testing new treatments to improve cure rates for leukemia and lymphoma. Read about our PLAT CAR T-cell and HA-1 T TCR T-cell immunotherapy studies that use a child’s immune system to fight cancer.
- As research leaders, we can offer the very latest treatments being studied, such as phase 1 clinical trials. Many centers do not offer these early studies, which are especially relevant for children with high-risk disease.
- We are key players in the Pediatric Acute Leukemia (PedAL) Initiative that aims to transform treatment by targeting the specific genetic changes that drive different forms of leukemia. Drs. Todd Cooper and Soheil Meshinchi hold leading roles.
- We offer clinical trials of treatments developed here at Seattle Children’s and through our membership in the Children's Oncology Group, the Pediatric Early Phase-Clinical Trial Network and the Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia (TACL) consortium. COG is the largest pediatric oncology consortium in the world.
Learn more about cancer clinical trials at Seattle Children’s
- You can search for many clinical trials we offer on our Current Research Studies page or on ClinicalTrials.gov
- Contact us at 206-987-2106.
- Email us.
- Read more about cancer research and clinical trials at Seattle Children’s.
- Seattle Children’s provides the most advanced treatments in our region. These include immunotherapy, targeted therapies, new mixes of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and stem cell transplants.
- In addition to standard diagnostics, our team uses state-of-the-art tests like molecular profiling and next-generation sequencing (NGS) for children with leukemia. These tests help us find what is different about your child’s cancer and identify the best treatment options for them.
- We strive to improve cure rates and avoid the harsh effects from treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. When possible, we use therapies that target your child’s specific cancer. This approach is called precision (or personalized) medicine.
- Some children with leukemia or lymphoma need very high doses of chemotherapy medicines and a hematopoietic stem cell transplant to replace the body's systems for making blood and immune cells.
- Our childhood cancer doctors (pediatric oncologists) meet regularly with transplant doctors to talk about and plan care for each high-risk patient. This close collaboration by experts in stem cell transplants and other specialties sets us apart. Read about our High-Risk Leukemia Program.
- Our team is with your family every step of the way — preparing for transplant, doing the transplant here at Seattle Children’s and caring for your child as they recover.
- We work closely with Fred Hutch, whose doctors pioneered this lifesaving procedure 40 years ago. The Hutch is one of the busiest transplant centers in the world.
- Our goal of treatment is to give your child or teen the best chance of a long and healthy life. Your child’s healthcare team works with you to cure your child’s disease, support your child and family during treatment, prevent serious side effects and provide follow-up survivor care.
- Our team cares for your whole child. We don’t just treat their disease. As needed, your child will receive care from specialists in nutrition, pain management, pharmacy, palliative care, physical therapy and emotional health. Read more about the supportive care we offer.
- We know that teens and young adults with cancer have different challenges than young children. Our Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program focuses on their needs, which may include fertility preservation.
- People who have been cured of cancer may be affected for months or years by their disease or treatment. Our Cancer Survivor Program provides long-term follow-up care to help children and young adults stay healthy after being treated for cancer in childhood.
- Learning that your child has cancer can be scary. Your family has a full team behind you.
- During visits, we take time to explain your child’s condition. We help you fully understand treatment options and make the choices that are right for your family.
- Our child life specialists and social workers help your child and your family through the challenges of cancer. We connect you to community resources and support groups.
- We have worked with many families from around the country and the world. Whether you live nearby or far away, we can help with financial counseling, schooling, housing, transportation, interpreter services and spiritual care. Read about our services for patients and families.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Team
In addition to care from these pediatric oncologists, some children also are treated by our Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant team.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Program is part of our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you.
If you have a referral or would like a second opinion, contact the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at 206-987-2106 or by email. A second opinion is a chance to confirm the features of your child's disease and get advice on the best treatment options.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.
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