Neuroblastoma Facts

Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of young children. It is most commonly diagnosed in children less than 5 years of age, and rarely occurs after the age of 10. The cause of neuroblastoma is not known. Many hereditary and environmental factors have been studied and shown not to cause neuroblastoma.

Neuroblastoma accounts for 7% of all childhood cancers in the United States, with about 650 children diagnosed each year.

The cold hard facts about Neuroblastoma:
  • Nearly 70% of those children first diagnosed with neuroblastoma have disease that has already metastasized or spread to other parts of the body.
  • When disease has spread at diagnosis and a child is over the age of 2, there is less than a 30% chance of survival.
  • 70 out of 100 neuroblastoma pts have a period of remission.
  • Of those 70, 35 will relapse 
  • Out of those 35, 20 -30% will go into remission for a second time.
  • Most of that 30% will relapse again and not have a chance to grow up.

Below are some links with useful information:

Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

What is Neuroblastoma

Vaccine Therapy

Vaccine Article

Bone Marrow Transplant

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant

MIBG Therapy (Dr. Greg Yanik from the University of Michigan presents information regarding MIBG therapies for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation Neuroblastoma Conference on July 19, 2008)