Pronunciation: (NOOR-oh-blas-TOH-muh)

A type of cancer that forms from immature nerve cells. It usually begins in the adrenal glands but may also begin in the abdomen, chest, or in nerve tissue near the spine. Neuroblastoma most often occurs in children younger than 5 years of age. It is thought to begin before birth. It is usually found when the tumor begins to grow and cause signs or symptoms.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Neuroblastoma may be found in the adrenal glands and paraspinal nerve tissue from the neck to the pelvis.

Date last modified: 2014-11-26