Cancer starts in your cells. Your cells are the primary building blocks of your body. Cancer results from mutations (defects) that occur in your cells.
When mutations occur, old cells do not die like they should, and new cells are made even though you do not need them.
A mass (tumor) can begin from these excess cells. These masses are either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant ones are.
Cancer is much wider than a single disease. It is a large grouping of diseases. Cancer is marked by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body).
Neuroblastoma is one of the many kinds of cancer. It is a cancer that begins in your nerve cells. Neuroblastoma usually originates in your adrenal glands that are located on top of your kidneys. However, it can also start in your spinal cord, pelvis, neck or chest. These are areas of your body where groups of nerve cells are found.
Neuroblastoma can begin in anyone at any age, but it is most common in children who are 5 and under. It is the most common cancer in infancy and can even begin before birth. Around 650 new cases of neuroblastoma are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The first signs and symptoms of neuroblastoma are usually pain, fever and malaise (a general sick feeling). Other signs and symptoms that you or your child with disability may experience include:
Red, flushed skin
Loss of appetite
Tachycardia (rapid pulse)
Unintended weight loss
Tenderness or bone pain if it has moved to your bones
Bluish color around your eyes and pale skin
A chronic cough or problems breathing if it has spread to your chest
An enlarged abdomen
Difficulty with balance
Inability to empty your bladder
Leg, feet or eye movements that are uncontrolled
Paralysis (loss of movement) of your lower extremities (feet, legs or hips).
You or your child with disability may have neuroblastoma. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be why you or your child is disabled and in need of financial help.
You may be thinking about applying for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits for you or your child with disability because of the disability caused by neuroblastoma and/or complications resulting from this disease. You may have already done this and been denied.
If you are considering appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, keep this in mind. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer.
Please do not wait. Let us help you get the disability benefits you deserve from the Social Security Administration.