Cancers & Blood Disorders We Treat
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center offers advanced treatment close to home for many childhood cancers and blood disorders. Our team works together to deliver the care your child needs.
Why Choose Mary Bridge for Your Child’s Care?
Parents and referring physicians choose our hospital because we provide:
- Advanced care: Your child will have a full team of specialists working on his or her treatment plan.
- Clinical trials: Children have access to clinical trials and the same standardized care procedures used in larger children’s hospitals.
- Convenient, family-oriented setting: Our Tacoma location lets you focus on your child instead of spending hours traveling for treatments.
Conditions we treat include:
- Blood disorders
- Brain tumors
- Bone tumors
- Other solid tumors such as liver and kidney tumors
Comprehensive childhood cancer support
We also offer comprehensive child and family support services to help your child cope and make treatment easier on your family. These services include:
- Nurse navigators to guide you through the medical process, answer questions and arrange care with specialists in areas like physical therapy and psychology
- Child life and sedation specialists to help keep your child comfortable during testing and treatment
- Bone marrow transplant referrals and care coordination with Seattle Children’s Hospital for certain types of cancer
- Financial assistance for families struggling to pay for care
- Housing resources that allow you to stay nearby during your child’s cancer treatment
Our team of pediatric cancer experts treats dozens of types of pediatric brain tumors. Our pediatric neurosurgeon has extensive experience in surgery to remove brain tumors. Our radiation oncologist specializes in pediatrics and uses the most accurate, high-precision radiation equipment currently available.
Pediatric cancer specialists at Mary Bridge treat pediatric bone tumors that include osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma.
In addition to brain and bone cancers, our experts treat a wide variety of other solid tumors occurring in the organs and soft tissues. Solid tumors we treat include:
- Kidney tumors, such as Wilms tumor
- Liver tumor (hepatoblastoma)
- Rhabdomyosarcoma or muscle tumors
- Other soft tissue sarcomas
Leukemia is a blood cancer that affects early blood-forming cells produced in bone marrow, the soft inside of bones.
Our oncology and hematology experts have experience treating all types of leukemia in children, including:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL): The most common form of childhood leukemia is ALL, a fast-growing cancer that affects infection-fighting white blood cells.
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML): AML is less common than ALL in children. This blood cancer affects production of white blood cells, oxygen-carrying red blood cells and platelets, which are responsible for blood clotting.
- Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): Chronic leukemias are rare in children. Our specialists have expertise in treating this uncommon form of the disease.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which carries lymphatic fluid containing white blood cells throughout the body. Our pediatric oncology and hematology team has deep expertise treating both Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Learn more about lymphoma diagnosis and treatment at Mary Bridge.
Our pediatric hematologists treat conditions that include:
- Thrombosis or blood clots
- Anemia or low blood counts
- Sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition where irregularly shaped red blood cells prevent adequate flow of oxygen throughout the body
Our department also hosts a collaborative hemophilia clinic with Bloodworks Northwest, treating bleeding disorders that include hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease. These conditions are inherited disorders where blood does not form clots normally, causing heavy bleeding.
Learn more about blood disorders we treat.