Found only in children, neuroblastoma arises in the adrenal glands, located in the abdominal area near the kidneys, and along the sympathetic nerve chain in the chest and abdomen. It attacks very young children, with one-fourth of those affected showing initial symptoms during the first year of life. Neuroblastoma spreads quickly, and often is discovered only after the disease is widespread. Early stages are curable by surgery alone. Researchers have discovered new treatments for advanced stages which are increasingly effective.
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