|Neuroblastoma accounts for 10% of tumors found
in children. It occurs where cells of
the sympathetic nervous system are situated and therefore can be found in the
adrenal cortex system and in any one of the sympathetic nervous system glands
in the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
Neurons (nerve cells) are the main component of the brain and spinal
cord and of the nerves that connect them to the rest of the body. When these cells fail to develop fully, they
can become cancerous and result in Neuroblastoma. Once the diagnosis is made, a diagnostic
process occurs to Stage the disease.
Joey was diagnosed via a biopsy and other tests. He is in Stage IV of the disease. He will undergo a series of 6 chemotherapy
treatments, a surgical removal of the tumor, a stem cell harvest/transplant and
follow-up radiation. His treatment is
based on a protocol developed by Children’s Oncology Group and is standard at
all treatment facilities. He will be
monitored for progress throughout his treatment plan.
About Neuroblastoma from Jeff Tubo
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