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Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops in the sympathetic nervous system, a network of nerves that carries messages from the brain throughout the body. Neuroblastoma is one of the five most common pediatric cancer types.

signs and symptoms

  • Impaired ability to walk
  • Changes in eyes (bulging, dark circles, droopy eyelids)
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure

diagnosis and treatment

neuroblastoma is diagnosed via multiple tests, including:

  • Blood and urine catecholamine tests
  • CT/CAT scan
  • MRI
  • Biopsies

treatment of neuroblastoma varies per child, treatment options may include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Retinoid therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Dayton Children's Difference

Your child is treated with latest and most effective cancer treatment protocols in the world and is cared for by an experienced team of cancer professionals in our new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Dayton Children's is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, a multi-center alliance with other leading pediatric cancer institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children's Hospital. The Children's Oncology Group conducts studies designed to improve our understanding of childhood cancer, its treatment and its cure. This membership ensures your child receives access to the best protocols and clinical trials. Dayton Children's pediatric cancer patient outcomes are consistent with the superior results of other top pediatric cancer institutions.

Our team of cancer experts realize a cancer diagnosis is physically and emotionally draining for your child and your family. Therefore we design your child's care plan to be as effective and comfortable as possible. On your child's first visit, you and your child will meet the cancer team; doctor, nurses, and the nurse navigator. Your child will be cared for by the same doctor and cancer team throughout their treatment, all the way to survivorship. Our nurse navigator is readily available for your child's and your family's unique care needs, including scheduling appointments, preparations for hospital stays, tips for homecare, explanations of treatment protocols, and much more.

questions or concerns? 

If you have additional questions, we're here for you. Fill out the form below and a member of our cancer team will get back to you.

contact us request an appointment

The hematology/oncology department welcomes phone calls to 937-641-3111 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.


A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling 937-641-3111. 

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