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What is Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma: Signs and Symptoms 

The average age of diagnosis is between one and two years of age, while 90% of all cases are diagnosed by the age of five. 

The most common symptoms include:

  • Enlarged Belly
  • Swelling in the legs or in the face, neck, and/or upper chest
  • Lump or swelling in the abdomen or neck, usually without pain
  • Bluish lumps or bumps in the skin
  • Weight loss
  • Not eating or complaining about feeling full
  • Issues breathing or swallowing
  • Bone pain
  • Drooping eyelid and small-looking pupil in one eye
  • Bulging eyes and/or bruising around eyes
  • Issues with being unable to feel or move parts of the body

Learn more about the symptoms and signs of Neuroblastoma by clicking here.

*Information taken from the American Childhood Cancer Foundation (link above). It is important to remember that each case of Neuroblastoma is different from the next. Please speak with a healthcare professional regarding any concerns you have.*

Neuroblastoma: Detection and Diagnosis

A type of childhood cancer that develops in immature nerve cells within the Sympathetic Nervous System. 

Part of the Autonomic Nervous System (controls bodily functions such as breathing and heart rate), the SNS is made up of nerve fibers that run parallel to the spinal cord, ganglia, and nerve like cells located in the adrenal glands. 

Neuroblastoma begins to grow in the very early forms of nerve cells as they develop in the fetus.

With 650 - 700 new cases in the United States each year, Neuroblastoma accounts for 6% of all types of childhood cancers.

Learn More at the Links Below

Children's Oncology Group 

Isabella Santos Foundation

American Childhood Cancer Organization

*Please note, the links below lead to an outside website.*