Neuroblastoma

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that starts in immature nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system.

Risk factors for neuroblastoma

Risk factors for neuroblastoma include family history and genetic conditions. Learn about neuroblastoma risk.

Symptoms of neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear once the tumour grows into surrounding tissues and will depend on the location of the tumour.

Diagnosis of neuroblastoma

Tests to diagnose neuroblastoma, such as urine and blood tests, are done when symptoms are present. Learn about diagnosing neuroblastoma.

Stages of neuroblastoma

Staging describes the extent of cancer in the body. There are 2 staging systems used to stage neuroblastoma. Learn about the stages of neuroblastoma.

If neuroblastoma spreads

Cancer can spread from the immature nerve cells to other parts of the body. This is called metastasis. Learn about where neuroblastoma can spread.

Prognosis and survival for neuroblastoma

Prognosis of neuroblastoma depends on factors such as age, stage and tumour histology. Learn about prognosis and survival of neuroblastoma.

Treatments for neuroblastoma

Treatments for neuroblastoma include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant, retinoids and immunotherapy. Learn about treatment options.

Supportive care

Supportive care is an important part of cancer care. It helps children and their families meet the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. It helps improve the quality of life of children living with cancer. It can help children to cope with cancer, its treatment and possible side effects.

Neuroblastoma statistics

Neuroblastoma is a cancer most often found on the adrenal gland. Learn about Canadian stats for childhood neuroblastoma.