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SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is diagnosed in 1 out of every 285 children under the age of 20 in the United States.

At the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we strive to make sure each child facing cancer is given the best possible chance at survival.  Through our work with Seattle Children’s Hospital, many of our childhood cancer patients establish care at Children’s, where their treatment is followed closely. Our Patient Services Team works to coordinate child life specialist visits and social worker support. We also work to ensure families have access to the support they need and our team helps arrange housing at the Ronald McDonald House or SCCA House.

Proton therapy is an advanced and highly precise form of radiation treatment. It allows doctors to focus radiation directly into the tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. Proton therapy can be used to treat a variety of childhood cancers. Proton therapy presents benefits for some pediatric cancers because radiation to healthy tissue and critical organs can be limited. It also has the potential to cause fewer short and long term side effects in some cases.  For a full list of the childhood cancers that can be treated with proton therapy please visit our childhood cancers page: https://www.sccaprotontherapy.com/cancers-treated/childhood-cancer-treatment.

The Center also supports the fight against childhood cancers by sponsoring foundations that are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancers. This month, the SCCA Proton Therapy Center is sponsoring the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild’s Run of Hope. In the last six years, the Run of Hope has raised more than 1.7 million dollars for pediatric brain tumor and cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. We are honored to partner with organizations that continue to search for a cure to childhood cancers.