Pediatric Cancer & Hematology Services
At Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center, you and your child will not face treatment alone. Our full team of specialists and support services is with you, providing advanced care close to home, so life stays as normal as possible for your family.
Why Choose Mary Bridge for Your Child’s Treatment?
Parents and referring physicians choose our hospital for childhood cancers and blood disorders because we offer:
- Advanced care: Our experts are all board-certified pediatric specialists, meaning your child does not receive treatment from physicians in training. We offer clinical trials and the same care procedures found at other major medical centers nationwide.
- Convenient location: Our convenient Tacoma location means you and your child spend less time traveling for treatment.
- Family-friendly environment: Families are an essential part of the treatment process, which is why we designed our facility to be a welcoming environment for parents, children and siblings.
Comprehensive treatment support
Our comprehensive support services ensure you and your family have exactly what you need at every step, including:
- Child life specialists to explain procedures and provide distraction to minimize stress
- Sedation services professionals to administer anesthesia as necessary to keep your child comfortable
- Neuropsychologists and child psychologists to help your child cope with illness and treatment
- Dietitians who provide customized assessment and planning to ensure your child gets proper nutrition during treatment
- Pediatric rehab specialists who help your child regain function during recovery from surgery
- Nurse navigators and social workers to guide you through the medical process
Learn more about our child and family support services.
Diagnosis and Imaging for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders
We provide a full range of diagnostic tests and imaging services that include:
- Blood tests: These tests can help doctors evaluate organ function and look for signs of infection.
- Biopsy: This procedure involves taking a tissue sample so doctors can examine it more closely, confirm a diagnosis and determine effective treatment.
- X-rays: An X-ray uses high-energy radiation beams to take pictures of the body’s internal structures.
- CT (computerized tomography) scan: This procedure uses X-rays and computers to create detailed cross-section or sliced images of the body’s internal structures. The procedure requires your child to lie on a table that slides through a large donut-shaped machine.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): An MRI uses radio waves and powerful magnets to create detailed images of your child’s bones, organs and tissues. During the MRI, your child will need to lie on a table that slides into a tunnel-shaped machine.
- Ultrasound: This noninvasive technique uses sound waves and a computer to create images of internal organs and other structures.
Our child life and sedation services specialists work hard to keep your child comfortable throughout the process. Child life specialists explain procedures in child-friendly terms, while our sedation team provides anesthesia as needed.
Learn more about diagnosis and imaging at Mary Bridge.
Our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group means children with cancer have access to clinical trials and the same standard care procedures used at other major medical centers. Learn more about clinical trials at Mary Bridge.
We have a full team of surgeons specializing in pediatrics. In addition, we have pediatric neurosurgery expertise for children with brain tumors. We know surgery can mean a lot of worry for parents and children. Our team is here to answer your questions and provide reassurance. Find out more about surgery at Mary Bridge.
Chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to fight cancer. Our specialists prescribe chemotherapy medications based on your child’s unique needs and tumor type. Your child also has access to the latest drugs through clinical trials. Learn more about chemotherapy at our hospital.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to kill cancer cells. Our pediatric specialists use the most advanced radiation technology currently available, ensuring high-accuracy treatment that minimizes the effect of radiation on your child’s growing body. Find out more about radiation therapy offered through Mary Bridge.
We offer a hemophilia clinic in conjunction with Bloodworks Northwest. This clinic offers convenient local treatment for children with blood disorders that include hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease.
Hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease are inherited conditions where blood does not clot correctly, causing uncontrolled bleeding. While hemophilia tends to affect boys more than girls, Von Willebrand disease affects both equally and tends to be milder.