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Neuroblastoma Treatment in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain which treat Neuroblastoma patients.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at HM Hospitales

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at HGC

Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Clinica La Luz

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Loubna Aakki

Consultant - Radiation Oncology

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Hospital Quirón Madrid

7 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Ramón Pérez Carrión

Head of Oncology Integral Unit

Dr. Javier Hornedo Muguiro

Associate Chief of Medical Oncology Division

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.

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Neuroblastoma is treated at Barcelona Children’s Hospital

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About Neuroblastoma Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is neuroblastoma?

This is a rare type of cancer that develops when a tumor is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. In normal situations, neuroblasts grow from immature cells to mature and functioning cells. However in neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells.


When and How does neuroblastoma form?

Neuroblastoma sometimes forms even before a child is born. However, it is usually not found until later when the tumor grows and starts to affect the body. Recovery is good when it is diagnosed in infancy. This type of cancer usually starts in the adrenal glands tissues. Adrenal glands are triangular in shape and are responsible for producing hormones that control heart rate, blood pressure, and other important functions. Neuroblastoma can also spread to other body parts such as skin, liver, bones and lymph nodes. Neuroblastoma is most common in infants and young children below the age of five years.


Signs and Symptoms

Depending on where cancer first started and how much it has spread to other parts of the body, the signs can vary widely. The symptoms are also similar to those of other childhood illnesses, and as such can be difficult to diagnose. They include:

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

If the tumor is in the stomach, a child may have a lump in the abdomen, a swollen stomach, and abdominal pain.

If cancer has spread to the bones, a child may have bone pain, pale skin, black eyes and bruises.

If the cancer is pressing on the spinal cord the child may be weak and unable to move a body part or have difficulty walking.

If the tumor is in the neck a child may have a drooping eyelid, unequal pupils, red skin, and sweating.

If the tumor is in the chest, a child may have difficulty breathing


Diagnosis

Because the symptoms are similar to other illnesses, your doctor will order for some tests to confirm the diagnosis of neuroblastoma and rule out other illnesses. These are some of the tests that may be ordered: urine tests, blood tests, a biopsy (a tissue sample is removed and examined under a microscope) and imaging tests such as bone scan, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, and X-rays. The tests help the doctor determine where the tumor is located, how big it is and whether it has spread to other body parts.


Treatment

Although some neuroblastoma cases disappear on their own without treatment, most cases need treatment. Treatments for neuroblastoma include:

  • Surgery: This is usually the preferred treatment when the tumor has not spread to other parts of the body.
  • Chemotherapy: If by the time the cancer is diagnosed it has spread to other parts of the body chemotherapy is usually combined with surgery.
  • Radiotherapy: This may be combined with chemotherapy and surgery to treat the neuroblastoma if it is advanced.

Other treatments include Stem cell transplantation, retinoid therapy, tumor vaccines and immune therapy.

Risks : Loss of function in affected organs Delays in growth and development Opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome Learning disabilities Delays in muscle and movement development Behavioral problems Language problems

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