Neuroblastoma Cancer

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Neuroblastoma Cancer

Pen Pal Research ProjectKenzie: Neuroblastoma Cancer

Stages of Neuroblastoma cancer: =>Stages 1-2b) The tumor is in one area and may be removed during surgery.Stages 3-4) The cancer has spread and the tumor cannot be removed by surgery.Stage 4S) The patient is less than 12 months old, the cancer may have spread, and the tumor may be completely removed by surgery.

Neuroblastoma is a rare and aggressive type of children's cancer. Doctors are unsure of the cause, but do know that it isn't contagious. It is ''curable'', but may come back at any given time.

Treatment is based on risk groups and includes: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, observation, and high-dose chemo and radiation with stem cell rescue. From what we know, natural remedies won't cure it.Common side effects: pain, fatigue, appetite loss, bleeding, infection, hair loss, mild skin reactions, low blood cell count, damage to the heart, lungs, and hormone-making glands.

Signs of neuroblastoma: lumps under the skin, eyeballs that seem to protude, dark circles around the eyes, back pain, fever, bone pain, and unexplained weight loss. Symptoms: irritability, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

To diagnose the following tests are needed: blood and urine tests, biopsies, bone marrow aspiration, CT and/or CAT scans, and PET scans.

Big Foundations & Sources: National Cancer Institue at www.cancer.govSeattle Children's Hospital at www.seattlechildren's.org

Neurobastoma starts in young nerve cells called neuroblasts. That's why it's called neuroblastoma. With neuroblastoma, the neuorblasts never mature and instead divide and grow into tumors. My favorite part was learning everything I could about neuroblastoma. Then I was able to better understand what Kenzie was going through.


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