Facts about Neuroblastoma

  • Neuroblastoma is a common and often difficult to treat cancer, the most common cancer in infancy.
  • In the United States, about 600 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year.
  • It is the most common tumor found in children younger than 1 year of age.
  • Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children.
  • 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.