Cancer in children and teens is not very common. Only about 1 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 and teens 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.
Seattle Children's cancer treatment 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, we are able to offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Seattle Children's cancer program number 5 in the nation.
If your child or teenager needs a bone marrow transplant, SCCA is the best place to receive this life-saving treatment. SCCA's parent organization, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, pioneered the use of bone-marrow transplants as a treatment for leukemia over 40 years ago. Since then tens of 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. 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 and teens with cancer 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 team provides comprehensive care designed to support you, your child and your family through all aspects of the experience.