Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) (once called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis or JRA) is a type of arthritis that affects children who are under 16 years of age. This is an autoimmune disease that causes joints to swell and become stiff, sometimes hindering a child's mobility. It can affect any joint, and in some cases it can affect internal organs and eyes as well. Symptoms can come and go, flare-up on occassion, while others have symptoms that never go away.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a comprehensive treatment center that provides the latest therapies with compassionate support to children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, including bone marrow transplants. Our renowned specialists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's are working together to improve quality of life and conquer this disease.
If your child's condition requires a bone-marrow transplant, you should know that the Fred Hutchinson Transplant program at SCCA was ranked first in outcomes in a four-year study by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) that measured one-year survival rates of patients among 122 transplant centers in the United States. The Hutchinson Center pioneered the use of bone-marrow transplants as a treatment for blood diseases over 40 years ago. Since then thousands of patients with leukemia have come from around the world to receive bone-marrow transplants at SCCA. Bone-marrow transplants have transformed leukemia and related cancers, once thought incurable, into highly treatable diseases with survival rates as high as 80 percent.