Highlights and Accomplishments

Childhood Cancer Volumes

  • The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has one of the largest childhood cancer programs in the country, treating more than 350 new pediatric cancer cases per year and following approximately 2,500 cancer patients annually.
  • The Aflac Cancer Center had more than 29,000 outpatient visits and more than 17,000 inpatient days in 2009.
  • The Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 100 children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors each year.
  • The Aflac Cancer Center follows more than 1,000 pediatric cancer survivors through the Aflac Cancer Center Survivorship Program.

Childhood Cancer Program Highlights

  • Based on data from Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the Aflac Cancer Center ranks among the leading centers in the country for number of patients on therapeutic clinical trials for pediatric cancer. This top ranking illustrates our position as one of the nations leading centers conducting clinical research in the treatment of pediatric cancer.
  • The Aflac Cancer Center was one of the first centers in the country, and the only pediatric hospital in Georgia, to perform sentinel lymph node mapping on children. Using radioactive and colored dye to pinpoint the sentinel node, doctors can determine if cancer has spread past the point of origin, allowing patients whose cancer has not spread to avoid further surgery, more intensive treatments and potential complications.

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S.News & World Report ranks the Aflac Cancer Center as one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the country.

Physician Leadership Impact

  • William G. Woods, M.D., Director of the Aflac Cancer Center, serves in a key role on the national leadership council for Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Numerous other Aflac Cancer Center physicians chair COG study committees and contribute to national clinical trials aimed at improving cure rates and reducing late effects for pediatric cancer.
  • Dr. Woods also served a two-year term as president of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in 2006. In this role, Dr. Woods supported, advised and provided strategic leadership to the more than 1,000 pediatric hematologists and oncologists who are members of this national society.
  • Aflac Cancer Center physicians and staff have national leadership positions in more than 18 different organizations, including the President’s National Cancer Advisory Board, Children’s Oncology Group and Novel Molecular Therapies for Childhood Cancer.
  • Three physicians named to the Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Clinician and Scientist list:
    1. Anna J. Janss, M.D., Ph.D.
    2. Ann C. Mertens, Ph.D.
    3. H. Trent Spencer, Ph.D.