What We Treat

What are solid tumors?

A tumor is an abnormal group of cells that clump together. A solid tumor means it does not have liquid or cysts. Solid tumors may be cancerous or noncancerous and can occur in different parts of the body.

Examples of solid tumors treated at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, include:

  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Melanoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Wilms tumor
  • Other rare cancers

Services We Offer

Specialized programs

Due to our large size, the Aflac Cancer Center is able to dedicate teams of doctors and other healthcare professionals to each of the major types of solid tumors. By having specialized solid tumor programs, we make sure every child is cared for by a team that is solely focused on his disease. Our solid tumor programs include:

  • Bone and soft tissue sarcoma: We are one of the largest pediatric programs in the country
  • Germ cell tumor: Led by a internationally recognized experts in pediatric germ cell tumors, we are experienced in treating children with all types of germ cell tumors
  • Liver tumor: We are home to one of the only pediatric liver tumor programs in the Southeast with a coordinated team of pediatric specialists dedicated to the care of children with liver tumors.
  • Neuroblastoma: We are home to one of the only pediatric programs in the country to offer MIBG therapy and other innovative option for children battling high-risk, recurrent or difficult-to-treat neuroblastoma.
  • Rare tumor: We have a dedicated team who specializes in treating rare tumors, including adult cancers that can sometimes be found in children and young adults.
  • Retinoblastoma: We offer nationally recognized expertise in pediatric oncology and ophthalmology for children and young adults with retinoblastoma.
  • Wilms/kidney tumor: Our pediatric oncology, surgery and urology specialists offer specialized care for children with Wilms tumor and other types of kidney tumors.

Innovative research

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

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Our Unique Approach

We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. Our Solid Tumor Program is made up of medical and research professionals dedicated to treating solid tumors and developing new treatments and cures for the future. 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 pediatric solid tumors.

Our highlights  

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top pediatric cancer programs in the country
  • We care for more than 150 newly diagnosed patients with solid tumors each year—making us one of the largest pediatric cancer centers of its kind in the country.
  • We are home to one of the top 131I-MIBG programs in the country, treating more than 50 children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma over the past five years.
  • We coordinate care with a team of pediatric specialists, including oncology, radiation oncology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation.
  • We have physicians with national leadership roles in the areas of neuroblastoma, germ cell tumors and retinoblastoma.
  • We offer expertise in rare tumors and adult-like cancers occurring in pediatric patients, with strong collaboration with our adult cancer center partner, the NCI-designated Winship Cancer Institute.
  • We have one of the largest comprehensive orthopaedic oncology programs in the Southeast, with dedicated pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists and orthopaedic oncologists.
  • We serve as a leading referral center for retinoblastoma in the Southeast, with participation in limited institution clinical research studies.
  • We recently procured NIH and NCI funding (R21) to test novel engineered gamma delta T cell immunotherapy in patients with neuroblastoma.
  • We have pediatric specialists who are experienced in treating children and young adults with all forms all solid tumors—from the most common to those rarely seen outside of the top pediatric centers.

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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 and international services

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. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

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