- An embryonal tumor of the autonomic nervous system.
- Most likely arises from a precursor cell derived from neural-crest tissues.
- The most common solid tumor of infancy and the most common extra-cranial solid tumor of childhood.
- One of the few cancers known to undergo spontaneous regression from an undifferentiated state to a benign tumor
Neuroblastoma can be very difficult to cure in older children.
Neuroblastoma accounts for 8 - 10% of childhood malignancies. However, it accounts for 15% of cancer deaths in children.
In Canada the James Fund for Neuroblastoma research was established:
Band of Parents bound by hope is a US association founded by parents of children with neuroblastoma to fund research and provide support for families affected by this disease: