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Doctor insights on: What Is The Average Age Of Children Diagnosed With Neuroblastoma

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Neuroblastoma (Definition)

Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer due to an over proliferation of abnormal nerve-type cells. Symptoms depend on the site of the tumor but can include failure to gain weight, loss of appetite, diarrhea, bone pain, ...Read more


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How do you treat children with neuroblastoma?

How do you treat children with neuroblastoma?

Depends on the stage: Low stage disease, which occurs mainly in very young infants, at times needs surgical resection followed by observation (no chemo). More advanced stages or neuroblastoma occuring in older children usually requires surgery and chemo. Very high risk disease (based on many factors) requires chemo, high dose chemo, stem cell infusion, radiation and more chemo. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any really effective treatment of neuroblastoma in children?

Yes: Thankfully treatment of neuroblastoma has improved dramatically over the last decade. That is not to say that all children are curable; the outcome is greatly dependent on the risk stratification that your oncologist perform to tailor treatment. As expected children in the high risk group do not do as well as those in the low risk group. ...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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Are there any long term stage IV neuroblastoma survivors for children over 1 year old?

Yes.!: Most kids with neuroblastoma have widespread disease by the time they're diagnosed. 5-year survival rates have improved from 24% in the 1960's to 38% or higher now, with improved treatments (including autologous bone marrow transplant). ...Read more

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What's the oldest age you can get a neuroblastoma?

Variable: Peak age is first three years of life. My oldest patient was nine years old. ...Read more

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What's the oldest age people can get neuroblastoma?

What's the oldest age people can get neuroblastoma?

Any age: While neuroblastoma is typically a disease of younger children, even infants, it can occur in adults. I have personally treated patients who were diagnosed in their 20s and there is a report of a 77-year old in japan who was diagnosed wtih this type of cancer. ...Read more

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Do you have to have a biopsy to diagnose neuroblastoma?

Do you have to have a biopsy to diagnose neuroblastoma?

Usually: The diagnosis is usually suspected by age of patient, symptoms and imaging results. However it is generally confirmed by a pathologist who looks at the biopsied tissues under a microscope. Neuroblastoma tumors have a specific look under the microscope and are often described as small, blue and round cells. ...Read more

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Is neuroblastoma less likely to happen after age 2? approx how many have it between ages 2 to 5?daughter almost 4 and having CT of abd.anemia/limping.

Peds Hem/Onc: would address your questions better, but still those symptoms and signs don't point specifically towards a certain diagnosis, neuroblastoma is still a rare disease, most cases yes develop before age 2, I understand your worries and concerns, but Dr Google would only cause more confusion, talk to your doctor again and again, ask about catecholamines screening test in urine, and trust your doctor ...Read more