Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with pediatric neuroblastoma?

Updated: Oct 09, 2017
  • Author: Norman J Lacayo, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Neuroblastoma can be confused with other neoplastic or nonneoplastic diseases of childhood. The diagnosis can be challenging in the 10% of patients who present with normal urinary catecholamines.

Radiation oncologists may participate in the care of patients with neuroblastoma. Typically, they are consulted to evaluate patients whenever radiation therapy is a consideration. Usually, radiotherapy is localized to areas of residual microscopic disease, persistent disease, or both after chemotherapy and surgery.

In high-risk patients, the need for stem cell harvest and transplantation should be anticipated. These services should be included early in the planning phase of treatment.


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