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NB or Neuroblastoma is one of the most common types of extracranial solid cancer that one experiences right from childhood. It usually affects kids under the age of two and the symptoms here include a tumor like structure in the abdomen, which eventually leads to a swollen belly and also signs of constipation. Alongside, one can also experience issues with breathing, weakness, trouble standing and walking, etc.
HOW IS NEUROBLASTOMA DIAGNOSED?
Oncologist may conduct a thorough physical examination and evaluate your symptoms. Urine tests, blood tests are ordered to check levels of certain chemicals. Imaging tests like X-rays may be conducted to confirm diagnosis. A tissue biopsy helps find the cause and the stage of Neuroblastoma.
HOW IS NEUROBLASTOMA TREATED?
The treatment is based on the severity of the condition and the age of the child. Surgery may be needed to remove cancer cells in some cases while in others chemotherapy and radiation therapy is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Neuroblastoma commonly affects children below the age of 5 yrs.