Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Long-term outlook for a child with neuroblastoma

Prognosis greatly depends on:

  • The extent of the disease. 
  • The size and location of the tumor. 
  • A presence or absence of metastasis. 
  • The tumor’s response to therapy. 
  • The age and overall health of your child. 
  • Your child’s tolerance of specific medications, procedures or therapies.
  • New developments in treatment.

As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from individual to individual. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as recurrence of the disease, can occur in survivors of neuroblastoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.