Sometimes neuroblastoma has no symptoms, and sometimes it is misdiagnosed because its symptoms look like those of other, more common conditions. Signs of neuroblastoma depend upon: 1. Where the tumor is 2. Size of the tumor 3. If the cancer has spread 4. If the tumor makes hormones. Most children with these symptoms do not have neuroblastoma, and usually they are caused by other, less serious conditions. However, it’s a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor to rule out any health concerns.The heterogeneity of the cancer, and its distinctly different features from adult cancers, make it difficult for doctors to give reliable prognoses.
Neuroblastoma can be difficult to diagnose. The highly specialized experts at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have a deep level of experience and the most advanced technology to pinpoint the disease. This helps deliver the most-effective treatments with the least impact on your child’s body. Since neuroblastoma often has few symptoms, it may spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body before it is found. In early stages, it sometimes is found during routine examinations. Neuroblastoma is rarely found on an ultrasound before a baby is born.