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Neuroblastoma (Definition)

Neuroblastoma originate from neural crest cells that normally give rise to the adrenal medulla and sympathetic ganglia ,,they are believed to be congenital in origin ,and most common ...Read more


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Is neuroblastoma common in teenagers?

Is neuroblastoma common in teenagers?

Rare.: Neuroblastoma is very rare in teenagers and is typically more difficult to treat than younger children with the disease. It is essential for a teenager diagnosed with neuroblastoma be treated at an academic medical center. In addition, because of the rarity, nationally recognized experts in neuroblastoma should be consulted by the local physician if needed. ...Read more

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How common is neuroblastoma?

How common is neuroblastoma?

Relatively common: Childhood cancer is rare. That being said, neuroblastoma makes up 8-10% of childhood cancer, and is the most common cancer in infants. About 700 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the us each year. ...Read more

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How common is it to survive neuroblastoma?

Depends: It depends on the stage and the age at the time of diagnosis and treatment. Survival can be as high as 80-90%. It will of course go down if untreated or if tumor is poorly differentiated or metastatic or if patient is older than one year of age. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of neuroblastoma?

What are the common symptoms of neuroblastoma?

Variable: Weakness secondary to anemia. Pain secondary to tumor in bone marrow. Pallor, bruising, bleeding. Inability to walk and loss of developmental milestones. ...Read more

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Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Improving: We are constantly trying to improve therapy for children with high-risk neuroblastoma (stage 4). Within the last couple of years, the addition of immunotherapy to standard of care therapy greatly improved overall survival from 46% to 66%. Thus, immunotherapy should now be standard of care. ...Read more

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What is neuroblastoma?

What is neuroblastoma?

Cancer: Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nerve cells in the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord. It is usually found in young children under the age of 5, most under 2. The outcome of treatment is determined by the age of the child, stage of the tumor, location, spread and histology. ...Read more

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What is a neuroblastoma?

Cancer: Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nervous system. It usually occurrs in children ages 1-5. The younger the child the better the prognosis. There are four stages of the disease from mild to severe and this affects prognosis also. Ttreatment requires surgery and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is occult neuroblastoma?

What is occult neuroblastoma?

Difficult to say: Neuroblastoma is a pathological diagnosis depending upon a certain tissue type. It may be referring to a variant of neuroblastoma, since neuroblastoma is well known to evolve into more mature or less malignant tissue types like ganglioneuroma. Etc. ...Read more

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