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, its size, whether the cancer has spread and if it is making 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. 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.