What We Treat

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor. It usually develops in the tissues of the adrenal gland, but it can also start in nerve tissues in a child’s neck, chest or spinal cord. It is one of the most common solid tumors in children and is most often diagnosed before age 5.

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options for children with neuroblastoma. An individualized treatment plan is designed for each patient as treatment approaches vary from child to child. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action. Treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy: The use of certain medicines to treat cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays which are used to kill or damage cancer cells.
  • I-131 MIBG treatment: Therapeutic MIBG is an advanced treatment option for children battling high-risk, recurrent or refractory neuroblastoma or pheochromocytoma.
  • Surgery: To remove all or part of the tumor.
  • Blood and marrow transplant: If your child has a cancer that is hard to treat, doctors sometimes use high doses of chemotherapy as part of the treatment. The high-dose chemotherapy can damage healthy blood stem cells. You child may need a BMT to help rescue his blood stem cells after the chemotherapy.
  • Developmental therapeutics: We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or who have difficult to treat cancers through early-phase clinical trials.
  • Biological therapy and immunotherapy: Therapy used to stimulate your child’s immune system to act against the cancer cells.

A child with neuroblastoma may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them.

Innovative research

Our team is committed to advancing research and medicine by developing new techniques, treatment and cures for children and young adults with solid tumors. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country. 

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Our Unique Approach

We are home to one of the leading childhood cancer programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of neuroblastoma.

Our highlights

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top pediatric cancer programs in the country.
  • We are home to one of the leading pediatric programs in the country to offer MIBG therapy, an advanced treatment option for children battling high-risk, recurrent or refractory neuroblastoma or pheochroocytoma, treating more than 50 children with relapsed neuroblastoma over the past three years.
  • We offer some of the most promising new cancer treatments for children who have relapsed or have difficult to treat cancers through our developmental therapeutics program.
  • We are a Children’s Oncology Group Phase I institution and a member of the New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium.

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Camps, events and support groups

Camps, retreats and other events offer many therapeutic benefits for children and families who are dealing with serious illness.

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Second opinions and international services

We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatment for your child. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

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