Neuroblastoma

Topics: Cancer, Oncology, Radiation therapy Pages: 4 (1318 words) Published: February 23, 2014
Neuroblastoma
“We all know the facts, but they are still worth repeating. It’s our children’s lives these numbers are coldly talking about: Every 16 hours a child with Neuroblastoma dies. There is no known cure for relapsed 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,” said by an unknown author (“Quotes” 5). There are many different types of childhood cancer, but one of the more common types is Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma has many warning signs, but not all are detectable. “Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body” (Mayo 1). Neuroblastoma is a form of childhood cancer, but not many people know what Neuroblastoma is or what it does. While the first part of the word, neuro, refers to nerves, and the second part of the word, blastoma, refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells (“What” 1). Neuroblastoma starts in the sympathetic nervous system (“What” 1). But Neuroblastomas are cancers that begin in the early nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system (“What” 2). One out of three Neuroblastomas begin in the person’s adrenal glands (“What” 2). One out of four begins within the sympathetic nerve ganglia located in the abdomen (“What” 2). But the majority of the rest begin in sympathetic ganglia around the spine, in the chest, pelvis or in the neck (“What” 2). “In rare cases, a Neuroblastoma may have spread so widely by the time it is found that doctors cannot tell exactly where it started” (“What” 2). Neuroblastoma is most commonly found in the adrenal glands (Seachrist 1). This cancer occurs commonly in infants and young children (“What” 1). In some cases, Neuroblastoma can be present at birth but it is not detected (“Neuroblastoma” 1). But Neuroblastoma is...

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