Beat NB has announced a $1 million gift to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to combat cancer. The funding will be utilized to target neuroblastoma in children.  Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of tissue. It most frequently starts from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neckchestabdomen, or spine. Symptoms may include bone pain, a lump in the abdomen, neck, or chest, or a painless bluish lump under the skin

Occasionally, neuroblastoma may be due to a mutation inherited from a person’s parents. Environmental factors have not been found to be involved. Diagnosis is based on a tissue biopsy. Occasionally it may be found in a baby by ultrasound during pregnancy. At diagnosis, the cancer has usually already spread. The cancer is divided into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups based on a child’s age, cancer stage, and what the cancer looks like. Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer in babies and the third-most common cancer in children after leukemia and brain cancer. About one in every 7,000 children is affected at some time. About 90% of cases occur in children less than 5 years old and it is rare in adults. Of cancer deaths in children, about 15% are due to neuroblastoma. The disease was first described in the 1800s.

The hospital will utilize the money to open two new clinical trials using data discovered in the labs at the DeVos Hospital.

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Giselle Sholler director of pediatric oncology research

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Source: Wood TV

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