Chasing Away Childhood Cancer

Neuroblastoma 101: Learn More About the Disease and Its Lack of Funding

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that starts in the sympathetic nervous system. This type of cancer is found most often in young children and infants. The reason it can be difficult to treat is because symptoms often go undetected for a long period of time. Leukemia is the most common type of childhood cancer so there is more funding behind it. More rare diseases, such as neuroblastoma and brain tumors, can be some of the most deadly yet are not as well known.

Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is devoted to children’s cancer, and the remainder of the funding is put towards adult cancer research. And unlike adult cancers, most childhood cancers are unable to be prevented. It surprises people to know that in the past 20 years, only 1 new drug has been developed for pediatric cancer. This extreme lack of funding is one of the main reasons Chase After a Cure exists, and why one of our main goals is to spread awareness.

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