Treatment for neuroblastoma
Specific treatment for neuroblastoma will be determined by your child's doctor based on:
Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
Extent of the disease
Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
Expectations for the course of the disease
Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include (alone or in combination):
Treatment options should be discussed with your child's doctor.
Long-term outlook for a child with neuroblastoma
Prognosis greatly depends on:
The extent of the disease.
The size and location of the tumor.
A presence or absence of metastasis.
The tumor's response to therapy.
The age and overall health of your child.
Your child's tolerance of specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
New developments in treatment.
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from individual to individual. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as recurrence of the disease, can occur in survivors of neuroblastoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. The goal of BMT is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells when unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated.
Our expert surgical oncology team provides the full spectrum of surgical treatment for children with cancer.
Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells.
Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer.
Our solid tumor experts provide advanced diagnosis and personalized treatment plans for children with solid tumors.
Our blood and bone marrow disease experts provide advanced transplantation procedures for children and teenagers.
Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.