Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Why Choose Us
Among the Nation’s Best Cancer Programs, With Better Survival
- Our 5-year survival rates for a broad range of cancers are higher than the national average.
- For more than a decade, our Cancer Center has been consistently ranked among the top pediatric oncology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. For 2019-20, it has the highest ranking in the Northwest.
- Children and young adults treated here benefit from the work of physician-scientists at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine, our partners in Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The National Cancer Institute has designated our partnership a comprehensive cancer center.
- Our treatments include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplants, surgery and radiation therapy.
- Our High-Risk Leukemia Program, led by Dr. Todd Cooper, brings together a team of experts to care for your child. From the very start, the team coordinates all aspects of your child’s care, which may include participating in promising research studies or stem cell transplant, if needed.
- Seattle Children’s doctors are international leaders in research to improve care and cure rates. We offer our patients innovative new treatments being studied in clinical trials. These include options for young people with cancer that does not respond well to treatment (refractory) or that comes back after treatment (recurrent).
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, including 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, including the heart, kidneys, bones or ability to fight infection (immune system). Our goals are to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
- Our doctors belong to national and international research groups that work to improve care and find cures for blood disorders.
Experts in Stem Cell Transplants
- For some cancers and bone marrow failure disorders, your child’s treatment may include a stem cell transplant using blood-forming stem cells. We provide these transplants through our partner Fred Hutch, whose doctors pioneered this lifesaving procedure 30 years ago.
- Our transplant team is very experienced in preparing children for stem cell transplant and helping them recover without serious side effects. We have developed better ways to prepare for transplant, called reduced-intensity conditioning. We continue to fine-tune conditioning treatments to improve survival and reduce complications.
- Our Non-Malignant Transplant Program specializes in stem cell transplants for children with noncancer conditions. To get the right care for your child, our transplant doctors work closely with specialists in conditions that affect the body’s ability to make blood cells, fight infection and turn food into energy.
- Children with cancer receive transplants through our Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Our dedicated and highly skilled team has many years of experience transplanting children and teens, including very high-risk patients.
- See details on the number of stem cell transplants we do each year and survival rates for children who receive them.
Research to Improve Care – Including Immunotherapy Trials
- Seattle Children’s is well known for developing promising new treatments and leading research studies with the goal of improving cure rates. We work hard to find the best research study (clinical trial) for your child.
- As research leaders, we can offer our patients the very latest treatments being studied, including phase 1 clinical trials. In fact, we have more open Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials than 98% of pediatric academic medical centers. This means your care team has more possibilities to consider when recommending options for your child. These early studies are especially important if your child has cancer that does not respond well to treatment or comes back.
- Our doctors and researchers are leading efforts to better treat cancer in children, teens and young adults by boosting the immune system. Our T-cell immunotherapy clinical trials include PLAT for relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and ENCIT for some forms of neuroblastoma.
- Through leadership in international organizations 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, improving cure rates and reducing side effects of treatment.
- Learn more about Seattle Children’s research and clinical trials for cancer and blood disorders.
- You can search by diagnosis for many clinical trials available through Seattle Children’s on ClinicalTrials.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.
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 more 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 are important members of our team. They 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, including 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 – 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 by offering 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.
- For patients who need stem cell transplants, we work closely with doctors at Fred Hutch, through our partnership in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
- Each quarter, 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 (OBCC) 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.
Cancer Immunotherapy: A Miracle in the Making
A study that put 3-year-old Greta into remission is among the world’s first clinical trials of T-cell therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Learn more about this potentially game-changing innovation.
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.
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