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Neuroblastoma Basics

Neuroblastoma is a tumor that develops from the nerve cells. It is the most common form of infant cancer, usually occurring in children under the age of five, and the fourth most common type of cancer in children.

About two-thirds of all neuroblastomas start in the abdomen, developing in the nerve tissue of the adrenal glands (above the kidneys). They also occur in the neck, chest or spinal cord. Sometimes the tumor begins forming before birth, and in rare cases a prenatal diagnosis can be made using ultrasound.

Infants with neuroblastoma under one year of age have a better prognosis than older children, regardless of the extent of the disease. Some neuroblastomas disappear in infants without any neurobalstoma treatment at all. Watchful waiting may be an option for some infants meeting certain diagnostic criteria. It is important for your child to receive an accurate diagnosis and obtain treatment in a highly specialized environment from a team of doctors with expertise in neuroblastoma treatment.

If your child has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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  • Access to novel therapies and state-of-the-art technologies before most children’s hospitals
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  • Family-centered care that actively involves parents in their child’s treatment
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  • Comprehensive support services such as an accredited school program, creative arts, child life and career counseling
  • An Adolescent and Young Adult Program that specializes in the unique medical and psychological needs of patients aged 15-25

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