What We Treat

Each year, about 4,000 children and teens in the U.S. are diagnosed with brain tumors—the most common pediatric solid tumor.

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center offers a team of providers with specialized expertise in treating all forms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors. Each year, our program cares for more than 120 newly diagnosed patients with central nervous system (CNS) tumors, making us one of the largest treatment centers for pediatric brain cancer in the country.

By using diverse treatment protocols, including state-of-the-art neurosurgical techniques, radiation treatment, chemotherapy with peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, and highly innovative phase I and phase II trials of novel agents for children whose cancer has relapsed or is not responding to standard treatment, we offer comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages and with all stages of disease. 

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 childhood brain and spinal cord tumors.

Our highlights 

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 10 pediatric cancer programs in the country.
  • We have seven physician researchers specializing in pediatric brain tumors—one of the largest single-center pediatric groups focusing on this disease.
  • We offer innovative treatments for childhood brain and spinal-cord tumors through the Children’s Oncology Group and other multicenter-sponsored clinical trials.
  • We offer advanced imaging and neurosurgery capabilities, such as MRI software and technique, the iMRI system, PET scanning, Gamma Knife technology, and stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy.
  • We are home to one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation programs.
  • We offer a cancer survivor program to help with late effects which may include physical, psychological and social challenges.

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with brain 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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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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Meet the Team

Meet Cynthia Wetmore and Tobey MacDonald

Cynthia Wetmore, M.D., Ph.D., opened a first-in-pediatrics clinical trial of a new brain tumor drug, Abemaciclib, for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

Tobey MacDonald, M.D., helped to initiate a first-in-pediatrics clinical investigation of Indoximod for the treatment of children with all types of refractory brain tumors. He is also one of eight members on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Malignancies Steering Committee and a member of the FDA Pediatric Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee. These groups help to shape the direction of national clinical trials for pediatric brain tumors.

Meet our brain and spinal cord tumor team

Led by Tobey MacDonald, M.D., Director of Neurooncology our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric neurooncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, cancer survivor specialists, researchers, advance practice providers, social workers, school teachers, chaplains and music therapists.