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?

The St. Jude Web site is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through this site should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.