Recent advances in neuroblastoma

Kanika A. Bowen, Dai H. Chung

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although there have been recent advances with multimodal therapy, treatment of neuroblastoma remains a clinical challenge. Despite the identification of several genetic features, there has not been a significant increase in 5-year survival in the last decade. This review will highlight the current operative strategies along with new research developments aimed at improving survival. RECENT FINDINGS: The goal of surgical intervention in the early stages of neuroblastoma is complete curative resection. In advanced-stage disease, tissue biopsy for staging is the initial goal. In recent years, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is considered in carefully selected patients. Recent advances in neuroblastoma research have focused on tyrosine kinase inhibition, differentiation, pathway inhibition, and immunotherapy. Several of these targets have shown promising results in vivo and are currently under investigation for potential clinical trials. SUMMARY: New information on the importance of cell signaling and the targeting of specific genes of interest are providing key insights into neuroblastoma. Only through the discovery of novel treatment strategies made available through the advancement of research will neuroblastoma be survivable for patients with advanced-stage disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-356
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Gastrin-releasing peptide
  • MYCN
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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