Chasing Away Childhood Cancer

Everything You Need To Know About Neuroblastoma

Our main focus here at Chase After a Cure is childhood cancer, especially those difficult to treat cancers such as neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. The disease most commonly arises in and around the adrenal glands, which have similar origins to nerve cells and sit atop the kidneys. However, neuroblastoma can also develop in other areas of the abdomen and in the chest, neck and near the spine, where groups of nerve cells exist. Neuroblastoma most commonly affects children age 5 or younger, although it may rarely occur in older children. Some forms of neuroblastoma go away on their own, while others may require multiple treatments. Treatment options for this disease will depend on several factors.

Important research into neuroblastoma is underway right now in many university hospitals, medical centers, and other institutions around the world. Each year, scientists find out more about what causes the disease and how to improve treatment. There is still a lack of funding when it comes to childhood cancer research, as only 4% of U.S. federal funding for cancer research is awarded to childhood cancer. Each day more progress is being made as researches continue to develop new treatments. With your help, we can continue to save children’s lives and find better treatment options.

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