Children 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 (SCCA) 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 and childcare
Young SCCA patients and the school-age family members of SCCA patients can continue their education while temporarily living in Seattle. There are options with Seattle Children’s School Services and we also have contact information for childcare services.
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.
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.
The SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center includes a lending library, notary service, among other resources. It is available for families of children and teens who are patients of SCCA.
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.
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.
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.
Pediatric cancer patients and their families find themselves in new circumstances after cancer treatment. Now is the time for follow-up care which is very important for the pediatric cancer patient's long-term health. The pediatric follow-up program at Seattle Children's Hospital is appropriately named the Cancer Survivor Program.
The Cancer Survivor Program at Seattle Children's Hospital offers treatment, support and education for pediatric cancer survivors and their families. We are also here to help educate your child's primary care physicians and other relevant persons in the years following your child's cancer treatment. The years following cancer treatment are the beginning of the journey of cancer survivorship. Your child might need specific information on late effects of treatment or support dealing with social or learning issues that might arise after their treatment for cancer has ended.
In the Cancer Survivor Program clinic, your child will be given a thorough screening and health evaluation by our medical staff. Your child will leave with a treatment summary that contains your child's treatment history and all medical information that is pertinent to their diagnosis and any late effects they might experience. This treatment summary will have recommendations for your child's health-care provider to keep your child as healthy and you as informed as possible in the years following your child's treatment for pediatric cancer.
To get more information about the Cancer Survivor Program, to find out if you are eligible or to make an appointment, please call (206) 987-2106.