Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Why Choose Us
Among the Nation’s Best Cancer Programs, With Better Survival
- Our 5-year survival rates for many types of cancers are significantly higher than the national average.
- In 2020, U.S. News & World Report once again named Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. Our Cancer Center is one of the top-ranked programs of its kind in the United States, which means your child will be cared for by the very best.
- 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.
- We offer a full range of treatments. These include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplants, surgery and radiation therapy. Our center is accredited by the independent Commission on Cancer, which reviews and recognizes programs that provide high-quality, patient-centered care.
- Seattle Children’s doctors are global leaders in research to improve care and cure rates. Our patients have the option to take part in research studies (clinical trials) of innovative new treatments.
- We are the only children’s hospital where experts in high-risk leukemia research, diagnostics and treatment work as a team to give your child seamless care from first visit to follow-up.
Specialists in Treating Kids With Blood Disorders
- Our doctors are nationally known for treating children who have blood disorders and bone marrow failure.
- We offer a full range of services, such as medicines, clotting factors, blood transfusions and stem cell transplants.
- Seattle Children’s has the experts your child may need if their condition causes problems with other body systems, such as the heart, kidneys, bones or ability to fight infection (immune system). We work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
- Our doctors take part in national and international research groups that work to improve care and find cures for blood disorders.
Research to Improve Care — Including Immunotherapy Trials
- Seattle Children’s is known worldwide for developing promising new treatments and leading research studies. We aim to improve cure rates and reduce treatment time and side effects.
- As research leaders, we can offer our patients the very latest treatments being studied. These research studies include phase 1 clinical trials. In fact, we have more open Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials than 96% of pediatric academic medical centers. This means your care team has more options when choosing what is best for your child. These early studies are especially important if your child’s cancer does not respond well to treatment (refractory) or comes back (recurrent).
- Our doctors and researchers are harnessing the immune system to better treat cancer in children, teens and young adults. We have one of the nation’s largest pipelines of T-cell therapy trials for children and young adults. We offer options for children with hard-to-treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (PLAT), brain and central nervous system tumors (BrainChild), neuroblastoma (ENCIT) and other solid tumors (STRIvE).
- Through leadership in international groups like the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we help set the worldwide agenda for cancer research. Our doctors lead clinical trials that are changing the standard of care.
- Many of the clinical trials offered at Seattle Children’s are on our Current Research Studies page or on gov. Read our guide about searching for trials on ClinicalTrials.gov (PDF). You can search for bone marrow transplant clinical trials on Fred Hutch’s clinical trials page.
- More and more, we are taking a gene-focused approach to fighting disease. We work to define a cancer’s genetic profile — its specific set of abnormal genes. This helps researchers create new approaches and guides doctors in personalizing treatment for each child. See Matched to the Perfect Target, Drug Dramatically Shrinks Tumors in All Ages, Multiple Cancers.
Experts in Stem Cell Transplants
- For some cancers and bone marrow failure disorders, your child’s treatment may include a stem cell transplantusing blood-forming stem cells. Our team is with you through each step — preparing for the transplant, doing the procedure here at Seattle Children’s and caring for your child as they recover. We work closely with our partner, Fred Hutch, whose doctors pioneered this lifesaving procedure.
- Our transplant team is very experienced in preparing children and teens for stem cell transplant and helping them recover. We have developed better ways to prepare kids for transplant. The result is fewer complications and better survival.
- Our Non-Malignant Transplant Program specializes in stem cell transplants for children with noncancer conditions. Children with cancer receive transplants through our Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.
- See details on the number of stem cell transplants we do each year and survival rates for children who receive them.
Support for Your Whole Family
- At Seattle Children’s, we focus on your whole child, not just their disease. Your family has a full team behind you, taking care of your child’s medical, physical, learning, emotional and comfort needs. Read about the supportive care we offer.
- Our doctors have extra training and years of experience treating kids. We care for children and teens all day, every day — not just once in a while. This means everyone on our team has the experience and skills to make a real difference for your child.
- Child life specialists work with you and your child to help you relieve tension, ease fears and feel more in control about your family’s hospital experience.
- We know teens and young adults with cancer have different challenges than children and older adults. Our Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program (AYA) focuses on their needs. We offer fertility preservation if treatment might harm their ability to become parents.
- We work with many children and families from around the Northwest and beyond. 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.
Keeping Cancer Survivors Healthy After Treatment
- We are committed to your child’s overall well-being, both during and after treatment.
- Long after treatment ends, we will check on your child’s health. We watch for possible long-term side effects from treatment and suggest ways to stay healthy.
- Our Cancer Survivor Program provides long-term follow-up care after cancer treatment.
Here When You Need Us
- Having a child with a serious illness can be scary. We help take positive steps right away. We offer appointments within 1 to 3 days for children who are suspected to have cancer or a blood condition with urgent needs. If needs are not urgent, new patients can be seen in 1 or 2 weeks.
- Seattle Children’s full range of services is provided at our hospital campus in Seattle. Around the clock, including weekends and holidays, your child can count on care from a board-certified specialist in cancer and blood disorders.
- Every 2 months, we hold a Blood Disorders Clinic at our Tri-Cities Outreach Clinic. Children with most types of blood disorders can be seen there.
- For babies, children and teens with sickle cell disease, we provide most care at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle’s Central District. We also consult with patients, families, doctors and school staff who are too far away to visit us in person.
- See our locations and contact information.
To make an appointment, you can call us directly or get a referral from your child’s primary care provider. We encourage you to coordinate with your pediatrician or family doctor when coming to Seattle Children’s.
Providers, see how to refer a patient.