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Neuroblastoma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Treatment Options for Neuroblastoma

Low-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment of low-risk neuroblastoma may include the following:

Intermediate-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment of intermediate-risk neuroblastoma may include the following:

High-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma may include the following:

Stage 4S Neuroblastoma

There is no standard treatment for stage 4S neuroblastoma but treatment options include the following:

Recurrent Neuroblastoma

Patients First Treated for Low-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment for recurrent neuroblastoma that is found in one place in the body may include the following:

Treatment for recurrent neuroblastoma that has spread to other parts of the body may include the following:

Patients First Treated for Intermediate-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment for recurrent neuroblastoma that is found in one place in the body may include the following:

Recurrent neuroblastoma that has spread to other parts of the body is treated the same way as newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma.

Patients First Treated for High-Risk Neuroblastoma

Treatment for recurrent neuroblastoma may include the following:

Because there is no standard treatment for recurrent neuroblastoma in patients first treated for high-risk neuroblastoma, patients may want to consider a clinical trial. For information about clinical trials, please see the NCI Web site.

Patients with Recurrent CNS Neuroblastoma

Treatment for neuroblastoma that recurs (comes back) in the central nervous system (CNS; brain and spinal cord) may include the following:

Treatments in Clinical Trials for Progressive/Recurrent Neuroblastoma

Some of the treatments being studied in clinical trials for neuroblastoma that recurs (comes back) or progresses (grows, spreads, or does not respond to treatment) include the following:

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with neuroblastoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your child's doctor about clinical trials that may be right for your child. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

  • Updated: August 28, 2014