What We Treat

Led by Louis Rapkin, M.D., our dedicated team is highly skilled and experienced in treating children and young adults with rare tumors, such as:

  • Melanoma
  • Carcinomas
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Other rare tumors

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

In collaboration with Emory Winship Cancer Institute, we offer a full range of treatment options for rare tumors and adult tumors in children and young adults. We will create 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 include:

  • Surgery: To remove all or part of the tumor.
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays which are used to kill or damage cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy: The use of certain medicines to treat cancer.
  • Developmental therapeutics: Making new treatments available for difficult-to-treat cancers.

A child with a rare tumor may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them.

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with rare tumors. 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.

Learn more about our research efforts

Our Unique Approach

We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. 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 rare tumors.

Our highlights

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top pediatric cancer programs in the country.
  • We are the pediatric component of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute—a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
  • We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or who have difficult-to-treat cancers through our developmental therapeutics program.

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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.

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Learn more about our international services

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