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For Children and Teens

Danel Lawrence talks about being hospitalized for months with leukemia at age 15Children who have cancer, and their families, face challenges that can feel overwhelming. Whether learning about the disease or undergoing tests and treatments, just adjusting to the disruption of normal routines and family life can be tough. We have resources to support your child and your family through this time.

Most Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients who are 21 and younger get their medical treatment and supportive care at Seattle Children’s, an SCCA partner organization.

These services can help your family through this challenging time.

Schools & Childcare

Young SCCA patients and the school-age family members of SCCA patients can continue their education while temporarily living in Seattle. Options include the Hutch School and Seattle Children’s School Services. We also have contact information for childcare services.

Teen Zone

If you’re a teenager who has cancer, here’s a site that can help you sort out and answer many of your questions and concerns.

Pain Management Program

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 helps relieve symptoms or other issues that your child has because of serious illness or treatment. Much more comprehensive than terminal care, it is helpful at any time from diagnosis throughout treatment.

Patient & Family Resource Center

Two resource centers—with support that includes lending libraries, notary service, showers, massage, and laundry—are available for families of children and teens who are patients of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

Social Workers

Social workers at Seattle Children’s help families adjust to a cancer diagnosis and cope with their new situation and the demands of treatment in the best possible way. We work with young patients, parents, and siblings.

Child Life Specialists

The Child Life team at Seattle Children's is here to help make your child’s stay more positive for the entire family. Our services are designed to support your child’s emotional and developmental needs and to help your family cope.

Support Groups for Children

We can help find support groups for children with special health care needs, their siblings, and parents. Most of the groups are led by a social worker or nurse from Seattle Children’s. Parents or parent-staff partnerships facilitate some groups.

Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Follow-up care is very important for long-term health. In the Cancer Survivor Program clinic at Seattle Children's, survivors of childhood cancers get a thorough screening, health evaluation, and treatment summary with recommendations to keep as healthy as possible following treatment.