Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that affects children, mostly under the age of 5 years old. It usually starts in the tummy (abdomen) area.

We know that your child being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating. It's common to feel overwhelmed. This is a guide through the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of neuroblastoma. We have information about where you can get support to help you cope.

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma often starts in the tummy (abdomen), commonly in the adrenal glands or the nerve tissue at the back of the abdomen.  

Symptoms of neuroblastoma

Find out about the possible symptoms of neuroblastoma. 

Tests for neuroblastoma

Your guide to the possible tests your child might have to check for neuroblastoma.

Risk groups and staging for neuroblastoma

Find out how doctors group neuroblastoma, the staging systems they use and what risk groups there are.

Treatments for neuroblastoma

Read about how doctors make decisions about treating neuroblastoma and get up to date information on what each treatment might involve.

Treatment by risk group for neuroblastoma

Your guide to the treatment of neuroblastoma depending on which risk group your child is in.

Treatment for neuroblastoma that has not gone away or has come back

There are a number of treatment options for neuroblastoma that has not gone away with treatment, or has come back.

Coping with neuroblastoma

Get information on organisations and resources that can help you and your family cope with a diagnosis of neuroblastoma.

Long term side effects of treatment

More children are surviving neuroblastoma as treatments have improved over the last 20 years. Read about the possible long term effects of treatment.

Research into neuroblastoma

Find out how researchers are looking at improving the diagnosis and treatment of neuroblastoma.

Last reviewed: 
16 May 2018
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