Sometimes neuroblastoma has no symptoms, and sometimes it is misdiagnosed because its symptoms look like those of other, more common conditions.
Signs of neuroblastoma depend upon:
- Where the tumor is
- Size of the tumor
- If the cancer has spread
- If the tumor makes hormones
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite, weight loss
- Lumps in the abdomen, lower back, neck or chest
- Bone pain (caused by spread of cancer to the bone)
- Bulging eyes, drooping eyelid
- Dark circles under or around the eyes
- Swollen, distended stomach
- Breathing problems or coughing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities
- Fever, anemia and high blood pressure
- Swelling of legs or scrotum
- Problems with urination or bowel movements
- Headaches, dizziness
Most children with these symptoms do not have neuroblastoma, and usually they are caused by other, less serious conditions. However, it’s a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor to rule out any health concerns.
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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- Extensive expertise with all types of neuroblastoma
- Exceptional surgical skill and specialization
- Advanced diagnostic technology to pinpoint neuroblastoma
- Leading-edge treatments including targeted therapies
- Range of clinical trials for neuroblastoma
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