Highlights and Accomplishments

Volumes

  • About 400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Georgia. Founded in 2001, the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center follows more than 1,500 childhood cancer survivors who are at least two years off of therapy.

Clinical Research

Through discovery, innovation and collaboration, researchers at the Aflac Cancer Center are searching for ways to improve the outcomes and quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer.

Cancer Survivorship Program Highlights

  • Developed SurvivorLink, the only statewide web-based tool that helps gather and coordinate treatment information that can be used to make decisions that benefit childhood cancer survivors throughout their lives
  • Our staff is actively involved in the Children's Oncology Group Survivorship Working Group and actively contributed to the Long-term Follow-up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers
  • Our team has come together with pediatric cancer centers in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah to form the Georgia Pediatric Alliance for Cancer Survivors (GPACS).
  • The Aflac Cancer Center is one of 26 sites in the country participating in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). This important initiative examines late effects of cancer treatment.
  • The Aflac Cancer Center is a member of a five center consortium for interventional research. This consortium is designed to promote the conduct of interventional research in the areas of supportive care, health promotion/screening, health status, health behaviors and chemo prevention.
   
 
PatientStory
  • Meet Jordyn

    At 15 years old, she was an active soccer player. Then a Stage 1 germ cell tumor diagnosis changed her life. See how she got through treatment and now takes advantage of our Survivorship Program.

 
   

Awards and Recognition

  • In 2008, Lillian R. Meacham, M.D., Director, Cancer Survivor Program, was awarded a grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to promote education of healthcare professionals in Georgia on pediatric cancer survivor long-term follow-up care
  • In 2008, Ann C. Mertens, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research, was awarded a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop an information technology network for Georgia to support pediatric cancer survivor healthcare
  • In 2007, Ann C. Mertens, Ph.D. was selected by the Georgia Cancer Coalition as a scholar to the Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists program within Georgia
  • In 2006, Lillian R. Meacham, M.D. was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Cancer Coalition to offer expanded childhood cancer survivorship services throughout Georgia, with a focus on Columbus, Macon, Augusta and Savannah
  • In 2006, Lillian R. Meacham, M.D. was awarded a grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to evaluate male health within the CCSS study
  • In 2004, Karen Wasilewski-Masker, M.D. was awarded the first national Children's Oncology Group Aflac Young Investigator Award in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology  

Physician Leadership Impact