What We Treat

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has a large team of providers with specialized expertise in treating all forms of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, including:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)

Each year, our leukemia and lymphoma program cares for more than 150 newly diagnosed patients using a variety of treatment protocols, including blood and marrow transplant (BMT), hematopoietic stem cell transplant, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T therapy, and Phase I and II trials for patients whose cancer has relapsed or is not responding to treatment.

What is leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. When a child has leukemia, the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells that cannot protect against disease and causes poor immunity. They also interfere with the child’s production of red blood cells and platelets, which can cause anemia and bleeding problems.

What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in a child’s lymphatic tissues, including lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, tonsils or adenoids, and can involve the bone marrow. Lymphoma is the third most common type of cancer in children.

Our Unique Approach

The Aflac Cancer Center is a top choice for the treatment of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, as we combine the latest proven technology and research with a caring,  family and child-friendly approach. We are home to one of the the largest pediatric cancer programs in the country, which follows more than 780 children and young adults with leukemia and lymphoma each year. U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top pediatric cancer programs in the country.

Our highlights

  • We have physicians with national Children's Oncology Group (COG) leadership and expertise in ALL, AML, CML and Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • We are one of a select group of centers offering CAR-T cell therapy for relapsed leukemia, as well as ongoing research to develop new CAR-T cell technology.
  • Our team is leading a first-in-pediatrics study examining the effects of combining everolimus with other T cell-specific chemotherapy in children with relapsed or refractory T cell ALL (T-ALL) lymphoblastic lymphoma (LLy). The goal of the study is to allow more T-ALL/LLy patients to attain remission and proceed to a stem cell transplant.

We also have expertise in therapies, including:

  • Blood and marrow transplantation (BMT)
  • Precision medicine programs to target disease with novel therapies
  • Application of Phase I and Phase II trials of novel agents for that whose cancer has relapsed or is not responding to treatment

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with leukemia and lymphoma. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel diagnostic and treatment options in the country. Our interactive translational research program works to apply new knowledge and advances in the fight against cancer.

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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 metro 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.

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Second opinions

We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the best treatment for your child. 

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Meet the Team

Highlighted Research

Lubing Gu, Ph.D., and Muxiang Zhou, M.D., recently had their leukemia research highlighted in Cancer Cell. Doctors Gu and Zhou have developed novel inhibitors to block the interaction between the mouse double minute 2 homolog (MDM2) protein and X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP), two critical proteins in cancer progression.

Our leukemia and lymphoma team

Clinical faculty:

Research-intensive faculty:

Advanced Practice Providers:

  • Amy Lahey, PNP
  • Anna Bennett, PNP
  • Chelse Sandborn, PNP
  • Kelly MacDonald, PNP
  • Linda Ballard, PNP
  • Lindsey Goldberg, PNP
  • Lois Chukoian, PNP
  • Steph Bernardo, PNP