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Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that is made up of cells that are found in nerve tissues of the body. These cells are called neuroblasts, and they are early nerve cells found most commonly in the adrenal glands (near the kidneys), and along the tissues around the spinal cord in the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Many neuroblastomas start in the adrenal glands.

Neuroblastoma occurs most commonly in infants and children under 5 years of age, and rarely in children over 10 years of age. Very rarely, neuroblastoma occurs in adults.

Risk factors

A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a certain condition or disease, such as cancer. In adults, lifestyle and environmental...

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Most symptoms of neuroblastoma are caused by growth of the cancer into nearby tissues or organs, or its spread to distant parts of the body...

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Your child will have a number of tests to investigate their symptoms and confirm a diagnosis of neuroblastoma, including:

  • medical history and physical examination
  • ...
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Treatment and care of children with cancer is usually provided by a team of health professionals called a multidisciplinary team. Members of this team are...

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Diagnosis of cancer in a child is a very difficult time for the child, their family and their friends. You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious...

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Chance of cure

Many children with cancer are cured of the disease. Children’s bodies have great capacity for healing. Also, huge improvements have been made in the treatment...

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Clinical trials

Researchers are trialling new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer. Your child may be invited to be part of a clinical trial...

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More information

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published: Sunday, 23 August, 2015