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What is hematology?

Hematology is the study of blood and blood-related diseases. There are several different types of blood disorders and conditions we treat at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Some of these conditions include:

Bleeding and clotting disorders

  • Hemophilia
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombosis
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Other rare factor deficiencies

Red blood cell disorders

  • Alpha thalassemia
  • Anemia
  • Beta thalassemia
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Polycythemia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia

White blood cell disorders

  • Neutropenia

Platelet disorders

  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)

Bone marrow failure syndromes

  • Aplastic anemia

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Our comprehensive programs

Because of our large size, we are able to offer programs with teams of providers dedicated to each of the major types of childhood blood disorders. This degree of specialization means that every child is cared for by a team that is focused solely on his disease.

Our blood disorder programs include:

  • General Hematology Program: We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a variety of common and rare childhood blood disorders.
  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program: In conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine, we follow more than 1,200 children and adults with bleeding and clotting disorders.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Program: We are the largest pediatric sickle cell disease program in the U.S., caring for more than 1,800 children and young adults.

Second opinion 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.

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A full range of treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options for children and young adults with blood disorders. We will design a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action. Treatment options may include:

  • Medicines: May include growth factors to help blood cell productions, drugs that inhibit blood clot formation, pain medications or other drugs.
  • Blood transfusions: The process through which a person receives donated blood. Common blood transfusions include red blood cell, plasma and platelet.
  • Blood and marrow transplant: A BMT is the only cure for children with sickle cell disease.
  • Developmental therapeutics: We offer some of the most promising new treatments for children with blood disorders.

Innovative research

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric blood disorders research. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country.

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Our Unique Approach

We are the largest pediatric hematology program in the country, including the largest pediatric sickle cell disease program. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of common and complex blood disorders.

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Support

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

Family support services

Patients and their families have basic and extraordinary mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and Children's has many services available to meet them.

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Transitional housing

Many families travel great distances to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to receive care. To meet the needs of those families, we offer transitional or temporary housing options that have been carefully chosen for safety, cleanliness, amenities and proximity.

Learn more about our temporary housing options, transportation for out-of-town patients and amenities 

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Learn how you can help make a difference in the life of a child battling a blood disorder.

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Locations

Egleston hospital

1405 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30322

Hughes Spalding hospital

35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Scottish Rite hospital

1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-1605

Children's Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite hospital

5461 Meridian Mark Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-1654