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Support Specific to Children

A diagnosis of cancer launches families on an unexpected journey that involves many life changes. The support services at Seattle Children’s, a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) parent organization, are here to help you.

Children with cancer and their parents, siblings, family and friends can face many challenges. Understanding the disease, tests and treatments—which can seem very technical sometimes—presents one type of challenge. The disruption to normal routines and family life can be a big adjustment. And worry about your child’s health may be overwhelming at times.

Many resources are available to support you and your child.


Schools & Childcare

Even though many young SCCA patients, their school-age family members, and the school-age family members of adult patients cannot attend their regular schools while temporarily living in Seattle, they don’t have to put their education on hold.

Teen Zone

If you’re a teenager who has cancer, you’re probably wondering all sorts of things. Here’s a site that’ll help you sort out and answer many of your questions and concerns.

Pain Management Program

A special team, called the Pediatric Pain Management Team, focuses on controlling pain for children who receive treatment through SCCA. The team works with children who get outpatient care through SCCA and inpatient care at Seattle Children's.

Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care is care that’s meant to help relieve symptoms or other issues that your child has because of serious illness or treatment.

Patient & Family Resource Center

The Patient & Family Resource Center offers a wide variety of resources for patients, their families and their caregivers.

Social Workers

Social workers at Seattle Children’s are trained to help families adjust to a cancer diagnosis and cope with their new situation and the demands of treatment in the best possible way.

Child Life Specialists

The child life team at Seattle Children's will help make your child’s stay more positive. Services are designed to support your child’s emotional and developmental needs and to reduce the anxiety you and your family may feel while you’re at Seattle Children's.

Support Groups for Children

Children and their families need support while they are dealing with a child’s illness and treatment. You will find support resources both at SCCA and at Seattle Children's.