What We Treat

About 80 percent of children and young adults with cancer will survive. Sometimes a child’s cancer treatment can affect his health and quality of life for years to come. Effects of treatment are called late effects and may include learning disabilities, growth and physical maturity complications and more.

Identifying and treating these problems early helps cancer survivors lead a full life, including school, work and a family of their own.

Services We Offer

Comprehensive services

At the Aflac Cancer Center, we believe all survivors of childhood cancer who have been off treatment for two years should be enrolled in a cancer survivor program. Through our Cancer Survivor Program, we offer:

  • Multidisciplinary care that focuses on your child’s needs as a cancer survivor
  • Review of the your child’s medical history
  • Complete evaluation, including a physical exam, blood work and any other tests needed
  • A plan of care just for your child, based on national guidelines produced by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
  • Education about the risks of medical problems associated with the specific cancer treatments your child received
  • Help with school, job or insurance problems
  • Support for any physical or emotional changes or problems
  • Enrollment in research studies that focus on childhood cancer survivors and the late effects of treatment
  • Beyond the Cure, an annual conference to help educate cancer survivors as well as their parents about survivorship and the need for life-long care

Tools for your journey

Lifelong care for late effects

Many cancer survivors have to deal with one or more health problems, also known as late effects, due to their cancer treatment.

Late effects vary by individual and by diagnosis and treatment. They can occur many years after treatment ends and may include physical, psychological or social issues such as:

  • Learning disabilities and memory difficulties
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Diseases of the heart, blood vessels and lungs
  • Secondary cancers
  • Infertility

To help prevent or prepare for potential problems, cancer survivors should receive long-term follow-up care. Lifelong survivorship care takes teamwork from:

  • Cancer survivor specialists: Healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable about the health concerns of cancer survivors. These providers can check for late effects of cancer treatment and identify ways to help prevent or reduce the risk of health problems following cancer care
  • Pediatric and adult primary care physicians
  • Subspecialists to help prevent or treat specific health problems

Survivor Healthcare Plan (SHP)

Based on national guidelines, a Survivor Healthcare Plan (SHP) is a document our team creates working with you and your child. This “roadmap to survivorship” is tailored to your child’s individual treatment and needs.

Each SHP includes a:

  • Medical summary of the survivor’s cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Individualized risk profile detailing what late effects (health problems) can occur after cancer treatment
  • Personalized surveillance plan that outlines tests a survivor needs to screen for late effects and how often to have certain tests

The SHP is also a helpful resource for your child’s other doctors, such as a primary care doctor or specialist. These doctors can use the SHP to quickly learn about a survivor’s cancer history and how to best care for him in the future.

SurvivorLink

SurvivorLink is a safe and secure website that helps childhood cancer survivors communicate with their doctors and nurses. It helps gather and coordinate treatment information that can be used to make decisions throughout their lives.

Medical professionals can access health records online to understand their patient's cancer diagnosis and treatment. Armed with this knowledge, they are better prepared to make future health care decisions. SurvivorLink is the only Web-based data source of its kind in the state.

The electronic system includes each patient’s:

  • Survivor Healthcare Plan
  • Individualized risk profile
  • Personal surveillance plan
  • Educational materials to improve awareness
  • National guidelines for survivorship care
  • Other clinical information needed to provide long-term care

Whether a patient resides in rural Georgia or metro Atlanta, SurvivorLink eases communication and information sharing among the:

  • Survivor
  • Survivor team
  • Primary care physician
  • Any subspecialist

Learn more about SurvivorLink

Our Unique Approach

We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer survivor programs in the country. Founded in 2001, our program currently follows more than 1,500 childhood cancer survivors who are at least two years off of therapy. 

Our highlights 

  • Our team developed SurvivorLink—a revolutionary Web-based tool for survivors and their care teams to learn about cancer survivorship, store important health documents and share those documents with healthcare providers.
  • Our staff is actively involved in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Survivorship working group and contributed to the Long-term Follow-up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers.
  • We are a member of a five-center consortium for intervention research on supportive care, health screening, health status, health behaviors and chemo prevention.
  • We are a participant in the national Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) that examines late effects of cancer treatment.

Innovative 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. 

Learn more about research at the Aflac Cancer Center


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Before your visit

Learn how to prepare for your visit to the Aflac Cancer Center, including information about our transitional housing options for families traveling from outside of Atlanta.

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Camps, events and support groups

Camps, retreats and other events offer many therapeutic benefits for children and families who are dealing with serious illness.

Camps, events and support groups

Second opinions and international services

We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatment for your child. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

Learn more about our second opinion services

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Meet the Team

Meet our cancer survivor team

Led by Lillian Meacham, M.D., Medical Director of Cancer Survivorship, and Ann Mertens, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research Office, the Cancer Survivor team includes the following providers: