When your child has cancer or a blood disorder, it can be a stressful time for all
of you. Your main priority is the health of your child and getting them to the best
oncologists, hematologists, nurses, and specialists trained to diagnose and treat
The Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia
has the expertise and technology to care for their patients, all on one campus. We
strongly believe that families play a major role in their child’s diagnosis and treatment.
That’s why we emphasize Patient-and-Family-Centered Care, where you are involved every
step of the way in the healing of your child.
Why Choose Us
The Children's Hospital of Georgia's has the area’s leading pediatric oncology and
hematology specialists. We know you want the most comprehensive care that you can
get for your child. Our complete care system is designed to serve our pediatric patients.
Our services include:
Specialized cancer and blood disorder care with:
- Multidisciplinary care from teams of highly skilled pediatric oncologists and hematologists, along with pediatric
surgeons, radiologists, and other pediatric subspecialists who work together to care for
- Pediatric nursing teams certified by the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, who are trained to care for patients with cancer and blood disorder.
- Clinical trials pediatric patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and other bleeding
disorders. Clinical trials my allow patients access to new and promising therapies
that are not yet commercially available.
Dedicated programs and clinics:
- Inpatient Pediatric Cancer Unit: staffed with skilled and compassionate pediatric oncologists and others who deliver
- Radiation Therapy Center: where we use the latest technology in treating cancer, including SmartBeam intensity
modulated therapy, and are supported by the largest team of radiation oncologists
in the area.
- Pediatric Immunotherapy Program for families looking for immunotherapy options for their child with relapsed cancer.
Our program’s goal is to test innovative new therapies that can stimulate the body’s
own immune system to help attack the tumor after conventional chemotherapy and radiation.
- Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Program for children with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and other hemoglobinopathies
- Pediatric Hemophilia Program for children with hemophilia and other blood coagulation disorders.
- Outpatient Clinic and Day Infusion Center to reduce the number of admissions to the hospital. Located in the Medical Office
Building, our infusion center allows patients and receive chemotherapy and blood transfusions
in the outpatient setting.
Conditions We Treat
Cancer and blood disease in pediatric patients can often present in different ways
than they do in adult patients. Our doctors are specially trained to identify and
treat cancers and blood disorders in our youngest patients.
Cancer happens when the body’s cells start dividing uncontrollably and begin to invade
the surrounding cells. Sometimes these cells create a tumor or mass, other times
they start in the in the blood or lymph system.
- Pediatric leukemias are cancer of the blood cells and begin in the blood-forming tissue of the bone marrow.
- Pediatric lymphomas are cancers that begin in the cells of the lymph-nodes, glands of the immune system.
- Pediatric solid tumors are masses of tissue formed by rapidly dividing cells. They can involve bones, soft
tissues, or any organ in the body.
- Pediatric tumors of the brain and spinal column abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain or spinal cord and can be either benign
Pediatric Blood Disorders
Blood disorders are conditions that impact the blood and its ability to function properly.
It can affect red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets.
- Pediatric sickle cell disease is a hereditary group of diseases that affect hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood
cells that delivers oxygen throughout the body. People with these disorders have atypical
hemoglobin molecules that can distort red blood cells into a sickle or crescent shape.
We offer a Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Program for children who suffer from this
- Pediatric hemophilia is a group of genetic bleeding disorders that cause affected children to have lowered
blood clotting factors. We offer a Pediatric Hemophilia Program that specializes in
children with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
- Rare pediatric blood and clotting disorders occur when children have excessive clotting. Some common blood clotting disorders
include factor V leiden, prothrombin mutation, and protein C deficiency.
We offer a variety of tests and procedures to diagnose pediatric patients with cancers
and blood disorders.
Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
Our diagnostic tests include:
- Imaging tests, PET scanner uses a low-level radioactive drug to highlight areas of your body where
cells are more active than normal, this can also show if the cancer has spread.
- Blood tests, Complete blood count (CBC) is used to evaluate your overall health. It can be used
to detect a wide range of blood disorders and cancers.
- Pediatric Sedation Services can be an option if your child has anxieties that might interfere with diagnostic
testing. Using mild sedation in children, for some of these medical screening procedures,
ensure they remain still in order to get the most accurate diagnosis.
Pediatric Cancer Treatments
We use the most aggressive treatments and therapies to destroy cancer in our patients
as quickly as possible with:
- Chemotherapy which uses powerful drugs kill fast-growing cancer cells in your body.
- Radiation therapy that uses high dose radiation directed at the tumor to kill cancer cells and shrink
- Stereotactic radiosurgery which targets a small focused area with a single, high dose, of radiation.
- Gamma knife surgery a highly technical and delicate surgical procedure to remove difficult cancers such
as inoperable brain tumors.
Throughout treatment and recovery, we are there to support pediatric patients and
their families in any way we can. We offer:
Clinical support, from medical social workers and registered pediatric dietitians.
- Child Life Specialists: to help children understand and cope with treatment.
- Share and Care Weekends for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
- DASH Camp - For pediatric hemophilia.
- Camp Rainbow - a summer camp for children with cancer.
Make-a-Wish, we work with Make-a-Wish Foundation so children with pediatric cancer, or any other
life-threatening conditions, can have their dreams come true.
Pediatric Cancer Surgery
When your child needs surgery to remove cancer, you can be confident in our pediatric
general and thoracic surgery team. They will work closely with your child’s oncologist
and other specialists to provide a wide range of surgical services, including Pediatric
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) options, if possible, so that your child can recover
faster with less complications and start their healing more quickly.