Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that occurs in children who are younger than 10 years old. It is most commonly diagnosed in children who are younger than 5 years old. Neuroblastoma accounts for half of the cancer diagnosis in children less than 12 months.
This aggressive form of cancer develops in the nerves of fetuses and embryos as they are developing. When these nerves become cancerous, they release hormones that cause a myriad of symptoms to occur.
Neuroblastoma is a unique cancer because it behaves in different ways. In some children, it can grow slowly. In other children, the cells quickly divide and spread rapidly. For a fortunate few, neuroblastoma cells die and leave without medical intervention.
Due to the erratic characteristics of neuroblastoma, parents must monitor all health abnormalities in their children. Here are 10 symptoms associated with neuroblastoma.
Once neuroblastoma has metastasized to the bones, children will begin to feel pain in their bones. Bone pain can cause children with neuroblastoma to limp or fall down frequently. If the disease has spread to the spinal cord, children may become paralyzed or may experience numbness in their legs and arms. Neuroblastoma may cause their eyes to bulge after it has spread to the bones around the eyes. If it spreads to the skull, palpable lumps may appear on the skull.