Approximately 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States, with more than 400 of those diagnoses occurring in Georgia.
Since the passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971, unimaginable advances have been achieved in every area of childhood cancer care and research. Advanced detection approaches and better treatment strategies are allowing an increasing number of children and adolescents to live beyond their disease. As a result, pediatric cancer survival rates have grown from 20 percent before the 1960s to nearly 80 percent survival rate today.
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer programs in the country caring for more than 2,000 children and young adults each year. We have more than 20 physicians who are highly skilled and experienced in treating children with all forms of cancer—from the most common to those rarely seen outside of the top pediatric centers.
Because of our size, we are able to dedicate teams of providers to each of the major types of childhood cancers described below. This degree of specialization means that every child is cared for by a team that is focused solely of his disease.