Disease Information

Solid Tumor: Neuroblastoma

Alternate Names: childhood neuroblastoma, pediatric neuroblastoma

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a very rare type of cancerous tumor that almost always affects children.

How common is neuroblastoma?

What are the symptoms of neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is usually discovered when a tumor or lump appears. Very rarely, the discovery is made using fetal ultrasound.

Symptoms of neuroblastoma may include:

How is neuroblastoma treated?

Treatment depends on the patient’s age and how much the disease has spread:

Radiation therapy may be combined with chemotherapy.

High-risk patients are given more intense treatments. Patients with neuroblastoma are considered high-risk when the tumor cannot be surgically removed and has spread:

For high-risk patients, higher-dose chemotherapy and immune therapy combined with a stem cell transplant may be used.

What are the survival rates for neuroblastoma?

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s neuroblastoma treatment?

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