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Neuroblastoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Neuroblastoma

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Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:

  • Age of the child when diagnosed.
  • Stage of the cancer.
  • Where the tumor is in the body.
  • Tumor histology (the shape, function, and structure of the tumor cells).
  • Whether there is cancer in the lymph nodes.
  • Whether there are certain changes in the chromosomes.
  • How much time passed between diagnosis and when the cancer recurred.

Prognosis and treatment decisions for neuroblastoma are also affected by tumor biology, which includes:

  • The patterns of the tumor cells.
  • How different the tumor cells are from normal cells.
  • How fast the tumor cells are growing.

The tumor biology is said to be favorable or unfavorable, depending on these factors. A favorable tumor biology means there is a better chance of recovery.

In some infants, neuroblastoma may disappear without treatment. The infant is closely watched for symptoms of neuroblastoma. If symptoms occur, treatment may be needed.

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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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