These cancers form from any immature nerve cell, so they can be present right after birth. Most children with neuroblastoma are under the age of five. Neuroblastoma typically originates in the adrenal glands, but it can develop in other areas with nerve cell clusters. Children with this type of cancer may suffer from abdominal, chest, or back pain. They often lose weight without any apparent reason, and many have drooping eyelids with an uneven pupil size. Unlike most other cancers, neuroblastomas can sometimes go away on their own. In cases where the cancer cells have not spread beyond their point of origin, they can easily be removed with surgery. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used to kill off any cancerous cells outside the primary tumor.
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