Neuroblastoma Facts

Aiden's Army 

Remembering Aiden


When Aiden was 11 months old he was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma. When he passed away at 17 months old it was not because he had cancer, he had no evidence of disease at the time, rather it was complications brought on by all the treatments he had to go through. In his honor we present to you some facts specific to Neuroblastoma.

  • Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumor in childhood affecting about 7% of all children with cance​r

  • The most common solid cancer in infants

  • Only about 30% of those diagnosed with metastasized Neuroblastoma are expected to survive

  • Every 16 hours a child dies from Neuroblastoma

  • There are over 700 cases each year in the United States

  • It is unknown what factors cause Neuroblastoma and there is no way to prevent it

  • Neuroblastoma most often originates in the adrenal glands

  • Tumors can begin anywhere in the body. Other common sites are the chest, neck and pelvis.

  • While Neuroblastoma may be found in only one spot in the body at the time of diagnosis in some patients, in others the cancer may have spread from its primary location to the lymph nodes, bone marrow, or bones.

  • Neuroblastoma is believed to develop when normal neuroblasts (the immature cells of the sympathetic nervous system) fail to mature into normal nerve cells

  • Accounts for about 15% of childhood cancer deaths

  • About half of the children with aggressive neuroblasts will die