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Seattle Children's

Seattle Children’s is a pediatric community hospital for the Seattle area and the major regional pediatric referral center for the medical, surgical, and developmental needs of children. It has a hematology/oncology inpatient service, and its outpatient oncology services are provided through hematology, bone tumor and neuro-oncology clinics. Seattle Children’s has a pioneering research program in gene therapy.

Seattle Children’s major accomplishments include:

  • Recognized nationally for its pediatric bone tumor and brain tumor programs.

    • One of nine centers nationwide to participate in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium.

    • Pioneered the concept of multidisciplinary care for pediatric brain tumor patients.

    • The Pediatric Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Tumor Service brings state-of-the-art care to children and adolescents with musculoskeletal tumors. New metabolic imaging methods have been developed that improve the ability to see musculoskeletal abnormalities. New bone transplantation and skeletal reconstruction procedures have been developed that leave patients with more function.

    • The Pediatric Neurosurgical Oncology Service provides leading-edge technology to patients with brain or spinal cord tumors, including functional brain mapping. The Pediatric Neurosurgical Service also uses state-of-the-art frameless stereotactic equipment, microscopes and lasers.

  • Pioneered work in the pharmacology of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and neuroblastomas.

  • Recognized for treating more pediatric cancer cases than any other provider in the region. Children's currently follows more than 3,000 children and begins care for 240 newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients annually.

  • Formed the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary pediatric cancer team in the Pacific Northwest. This diverse group of pediatric specialists, all present in one location and all focused on the care of children, allows delivery of the most effective and efficient treatment for pediatric cancers.

    • The pediatric care team includes: doctors (anesthesiologists, oncologists and hematologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons from all major surgical specialties, and other specialists); nurses (advanced practice nurses and staff nurses with special training in care of children with cancer); dietitians and diet technicians; therapists (occupational therapists, physical therapists and child life therapists); as well as oncology pharmacists, social workers, pain management specialists, and educators.

    • Other disciplines involved include child psychology, adolescent medicine, stress management, pastoral care, community agencies and support groups.

  • Developed a state-of-the-art radioisotope program using Hutchinson Center protocols for the treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, neuroblastoma and Ewing's sarcoma.