Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that occurs in nerve tissue of young children. Because neuroblastoma is rarely seen in adults, it’s very important your child receives care from an experienced team of pediatric specialists who exclusively focus on treating childhood cancers.
Our team of neuroblastoma experts provides treatments for newly diagnosed patients as well as innovative therapies for children with relapsed and hard-to-treat neuroblastoma. In addition to pediatric oncologists, hematologists and nurses, our program also involves experts from throughout Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center, including pediatric surgeons, imaging specialists, pathologists and stem cell transplantation physicians.
At Dana-Farber/Children’s HospitalCancer Center, our treatment is based on the latest clinical research. Children’s and Dana-Farber have two of the world’s most extensive research programs, and our scientists work with directly with our doctors so that the newest treatments are always available.
- Your child’s care team will be led by a pediatric oncologist and pediatric oncology nurse practitioner who specialize in treating children with neuroblastoma.
- Our pediatric surgeons are nationally recognized for expertly removing neuroblastoma tumors.
- We are the only center in New England, and one of few in the country, offering I-131 MIBG Therapy for children with relapsed neuroblastoma.
- Our neuroblastoma specialists work directly with our Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation team, when this treatment is necessary.
- Through the Children's Oncology Group and the New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) Consortium, we offer the most Phase I studies in New England for children whose disease has recurred.
- We offer long-term treatment and childhood cancer survivor support programs through Dana-Farber’s David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic.
Did you know? The newest treatments
Our team pioneered the use of intensive therapies for treating neuroblastoma, including innovative surgical procedures and double autologous stem cell transplantation.
Did you know? Neuroblastoma in children
Neuroblastoma is the most common tumor found in children younger than 1 year old. Most children affected by neuroblastoma are diagnosed before age 5.