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Strides are being made in the treatment of neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a quickly progressing cancer, Dr. Modak said, one reason it’s often found at later stages. Over the last two decades, however, the prognosis has improved.

Children around age 18 months with stage 4 neuroblastoma used to have a 20 percent cure rate. Today the national average is 30 to 50 percent, with MSKCC seeing about 50 percent, Dr. Modak said. For children younger than 18 months, the cure rate is about 80 to 90 percent.

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