Patients diagnosed with neuroblastoma undergo a set of evaluations before being assigned to a risk-group and the necessary treatment protocol. Specific to the needs of your child, our specialists will develop a customised chemotherapy plan.
- Stem cell transplantation
- Radiation therapy
Various combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, peripheral stem cell transplantation, radiotherapy and MIBG therapy may be recommended. Most children with neuroblastoma respond to chemotherapy. When it is not feasible to perform initial surgery to remove the tumour, chemotherapy is used as the first treatment instead.
Neuroblastoma surgery is usually challenging because critical blood vessels are often encased or trapped within the tumour. Complete surgical resection may risk injury to these blood vessels, leading to organ damage. With improved surgical techniques and understanding of the biological characteristics of neuroblastoma, complete tumour removal can be achieved safely.
Mount Elizabeth Hospitals offer a comprehensive neuroblastoma programme, including therapy with I-131 MIBG. This therapy delivers targeted radiation therapy to neuroblastoma cells to treat high risk, relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma.
Patients can benefit from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals' advanced equipment and treatment facilities. Our team of specialists are known regionally for treating complex cases and delivering specialised treatments, including stem cell transplantation. Surgery is performed in close collaboration with paediatric oncologists, while new surgical techniques may enable a quicker and more pleasant recovery for children.
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