About Neuroblastoma


Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood Cancer of the nervous system. It is the most common type of infant Cancer, the most frequently diagnosed Cancer in children under 5, the most common extracranial solid tumor cancer in childhood and is, after domestic accident, the second most frequent cause of mortality in children. Every 16 hours a child dies of Neuroblastoma, yet most people have never heard of it, which is one reason why there has been very little breakthrough in the treatment of Neuroblastoma in the last 50 years.
Lack of awareness is a huge factor in why most children are not diagnosed until the final stages when prognosis becomes very poor. Those diagnosed sooner have a much better chance of survival into adulthood. By being aware of the signs and symptoms of Neuroblastoma, you could save the life of someone you love.  Please read the list below.  It could be the best minute you’ve ever spent at the computer. Share to give someone else that chance too. Thank you



Signs and Symptoms of Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma can cause many different signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include:
Lump or swelling in the child’s abdomen or neck that doesn’t seem to hurt
Swelling of the legs or upper chest, neck and face
Enlarged belly
Problems breathing or swallowing
Weight loss
Not eating or complaining about feeling full
Problems with bowel movements or urinating
Pain in bones
Lumps or bumps in the skin that may appear blue
Drooping eyelid and small pupil (the black area in the center of the eye) in one eye
Problems being able to feel or move  parts of the body
Eyes that appear to bulge and/or bruising around the eyes

The signs and symptoms that a child has might be different depending on where the tumor is, how large it is, how far it has spread, and if the tumor makes chemicals called hormones.
Many of the signs and symptoms above are more likely to be caused by something other than neuroblastoma. Still, if your child has any of these symptoms, check with your doctor so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.