Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a type cancer derived from primitive nerve cells and is most commonly diagnosed in children.

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer that forms in the abdomen, chest, neck or spine with most neuroblastomas forming in the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. Symptoms can be vague and depend on the location of the cancer.

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Key statistics

1 in 100,000

1 in 100,000

Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer with a 1 in 100,000 diagnosis rate

40

40

Approximately 40 children are diagnosed per year in Australia

83%

83%

The general long-term survival rate for children with neuroblastoma is about 83%

Neuroblastoma research at Garvan

We're exploring why some aggressive neuroblastoma tumours are resistant to standard therapies and targeted treatments. We've shown that a mechanism that standard therapies rely on is broken in some types of aggressive neuroblastoma. We're also investigating the use of tiny bits of genetic material called micro-ribonucleic acid (microRNA) that are specific to the proteins of neuroblastoma growth. The specificity of these microRNA may be an effective form of treatment while reducing the harmful side effects of standard treatments.

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