Cancer in children is not very common. Only about one percent of cancers diagnosed in the United States are in children. So community doctors usually have limited knowledge of pediatric cancer treatment. This is why almost all children with cancer in the United States receive treatment through one of the children’s cancer centers that make up the Children’s Oncology Group. Seattle Children’s, a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance parent organization, is one of them.
The pediatric oncologists at Seattle Children's have advanced training in diagnosing and treating childhood cancers. Their specialized education and experience makes a difference for children and teens facing this disease. They understand the ways cancer starts and acts differently in children than in adults. They also create treatment plans based on the established knowledge as well as very latest research into what’s most effective and safest in children and teens specifically.
Children's cancer program brings together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. The team of pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, child life specialists, and chaplains partner with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child's health and treatment options because you, your child, and your family are an important part of the care team.
Because Children's doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, Children's can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Children's cancer program #5 in the nation.
If your child needs a bone marrow transplant, SCCA is the best place for it. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center pioneered the use of bone-marrow transplants as a treatment for leukemia over 40 years ago. In addition, 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 119 transplant centers in the United States. 1
Beyond the basics of the disease and its treatment, children with cancer and their families have special needs—everything from deciding whether and how to continue schooling during treatment to planning for possible long-term effects as childhood cancer survivors become adults. Our pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric oncology nurses, social workers, child life specialists, and many other professionals provide comprehensive care designed to support our young patients and their families through all aspects of their experience.