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What is Neuroblastoma?

  • Neuroblastoma is a cancer that arises in immature nerve cells and affects mostly infants and children. Abnormal nerve cells may be present before birth, but the diagnosis isn’t made until the cells begin to multiply, forming a tumor. Neuroblastoma is most commonly diagnosed in children less than 5 years of age and is very rare after the age of 10. A neuroblastoma tumor usually begins in the abdomen, especially in the tissues of the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys but also may begin in nerve tissue in the neck, chest or pelvis. 

    Neuroblastoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with neuroblastoma are treated through the Neuroblastoma Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Because neuroblastoma is rarely seen in adults, it is important that your child receive care from an experienced team of pediatric specialists who focus exclusively on treating childhood cancers. Our neuroblastoma specialists and surgeons are known for treating children with the most complex cases (including relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma), as well as for their expertise in delivering specialized treatments, including MIBG therapy and stem cell transplantation.

    Learn more about neuroblastoma

    Find in-depth information on neuroblastoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details  on neuroblastoma symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.