Our Programs

There are both general and subspecialty clinics at Seattle Children’s that enrich the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology training experience. Here are links to a just a few:

The Hematology Program at Children’s

The Hematology Program at Seattle Children’s brings together healthcare professionals from many fields to address all aspects of care.  Our goals are to achieve the best possible outcome for children with hematologic disorders and to decrease the impact of the illness on your child’s life.

All of our attending physicians who work in the Hematology/Oncology Division – the division that handles blood disorders and cancer – are board-certified. Five faculty direct the majority of their clinical and research efforts towards treatment of  hematologic disorders.  Specific areas of expertise include thrombosis, hemophilia, sickle cell, thalassemia and bone marrow failure.

We have an infusion unit attached to our Hematology/Oncology Clinic. If a child needs intravenous (IV) treatments or a transfusion without staying in the hospital (as an outpatient), we can give these treatments right in the clinic. We are a Hemophilia Treatment Center, one of only three in Washington. We also work closely with the Puget Sound Blood Center for transfusion services and for patients who need specialized treatment with clotting factors. Our Sickle Cell Program is based at our Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle’s Central District. In the rare case when a child needs a hematopoietic cell transplant, we work closely with the Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to provide this. Young patients who have a transplant spend their hospital stay in Children’s SCCA Inpatient Care Unit.

The Oncology Program at Children’s

Seattle Children’s has one of the five largest pediatric oncology programs in the country. We have expertise working with all kinds of childhood cancers and tumors.

When a child has cancer, it’s important to get treatment from a facility where the doctors, nurses and other staff have had a lot of experience working with children. Cancer in general is rare in children; some types are extremely rare. Because of that, community doctors, small cancer centers and adult oncologists do not have much experience treating these diseases. We see more than 230 new patients with cancer each year and we are up to date on the best and newest treatments for children.

Curing cancer and blood disorders is our entire focus. Our survival rates for children with cancer are as high as or better than the national norms. Read more about our statistics.

Our Oncology Program brings together healthcare professionals from many fields to form a multidisciplinary team. For example, our oncologists collaborate closely with Children’s surgeons, radiation therapy specialists, neurosurgeons and others so your child benefits from the expertise of a diverse team working together. We also offer research options for people who choose to take part in clinical trials. These include studies to develop new drugs, to test new ways of treating a specific cancer and to decrease or eliminate the unwanted long-term effects of existing treatments while maintaining the cure rate.

Many of our doctors lead studies offered through the Children’s Oncology Group, a national research cooperative dedicated to improving care for children with cancer and someday finding a cure.

The ACCESS program provides long-term follow-up care for patients who were treated for cancer during childhood. Another specialized program at the SCCA provides follow-up care for those who have had a hematopoietic cell transplant.