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What is Neuroblastoma?

What is Neuroblastoma?

  • Neuroblastoma: Neuroblastoma is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of infants and children that develops from nerve tissue.
  • Neuroblastoma: Neuroblastoma is a specific type of neuroblastic tumor which is characterized by the presense of neuroblastic cells forming groups or nests separated by delicate stromal septa without prominent Schwannian stroma. (Adapted from WHO.)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Neuroblastoma: malignant tumor containing embryonic nerve cells; usually metastasizes quickly.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Neuroblastoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Neuroblastoma, or a subtype of Neuroblastoma, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Neuroblastoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Neuroblastoma: Introduction

Types of Neuroblastoma:

Types of Neuroblastoma:

Broader types of Neuroblastoma:

Who gets Neuroblastoma?

Patient Profile for Neuroblastoma: A common type of cancer in children under 5.

Gender Ratio for Neuroblastoma: slightly higher incidence in males

How serious is Neuroblastoma?

Prognosis of Neuroblastoma: 24-100% survive 4 years after diagnosis, spontaneous regression possible
Complications of Neuroblastoma: see complications of Neuroblastoma
5-year survival rate for Neuroblastoma: 56.4% 5-year survival rate for white children under 15-years old with neuroblastoma in the US 1983-90 (SEER)

What causes Neuroblastoma?

Causes of Neuroblastoma: see causes of Neuroblastoma

What are the symptoms of Neuroblastoma?

Symptoms of Neuroblastoma: see symptoms of Neuroblastoma

Complications of Neuroblastoma: see complications of Neuroblastoma

Onset of Neuroblastoma: 90% of cases diagnosed by 6 years

Can anyone else get Neuroblastoma?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.

Neuroblastoma: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Neuroblastoma.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Neuroblastoma.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Neuroblastoma: see treatments for Neuroblastoma
Research for Neuroblastoma: see research for Neuroblastoma

Organs Affected by Neuroblastoma:

Organs and body systems related to Neuroblastoma include:

Name and Aliases of Neuroblastoma

Main name of condition: Neuroblastoma

Class of Condition for Neuroblastoma: cancer

Other names or spellings for Neuroblastoma:

congenital neuroblastoma, sympathicoblastoma, sympathicogonioma, NB

Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Neuroblastoma: Related Conditions

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