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For children with low-risk neuroblastoma, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 95%.
Each year, between 700 and 800 children ages 14 and under are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States. according to the American Cancer Society.
Plain White T singer Tom Higgenson surprised a young cancer patient named Delilah with a surprise rendition of her favorite song, “Hey There Delilah,” in her hospital room.
The young patient listened to the success of the band every day during her four years of treatment, according to what was commented by other media. In a video posted via Tik Tok, the cancer patient can be seen inside her hospital room as her parents show her a video made specifically for her by singer Tom Higgenson.
“What’s up Delilah? I’m Tom from Plain White T’s,” the 43-year-old singer says in the video. “I heard you’re a big fan of our song, ‘Hey There Delilah,’ so I thought I’d play it for you right now.” She plays the guitar a few times before stopping, looking at the camera, and saying, “Actually, you know what? I have a better idea”.
After hearing that the young patient is surprised when the singer walks into her room, playing the guitar and immediately starts singing “Hey There Delilah” while the young fan looks on in amazement with a big smile on her face.
According to what was reported by other means, the patient suffers from a type of cancer known as neuroblastoma. It is worth mentioning that the video published on the TikTok social network has more than 15 million views.
@isaiahgarza Delilah has been fighting cancer for over 4 years. During her cancer treatments de ella Delilah’s favorite song de ella has been “Hey There Delilah” today we surprised her with her de ella dream performance de ella at the hospital with her de ella favorite song de ella & singer ❤️This is SO WHOLESOME #kindness #wholesome #beautiful #amazing ♬ Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
What is neuroblastoma?
According to the Mayo Clinic, neuroblastoma is a cancer that originates from immature nerve cells found in various areas of the body. Its occurrence is most common in and around the adrenal glands, which have similar origins to nerve cells and lie above the kidneys.
However, neuroblastoma can also occur in other areas of the abdomen and in the chest, neck, and near the spine, where clusters of nerve cells are present. It most often affects children under the age of 5, although on rare occasions it can appear in older children.
Treatment for neuroblastoma
According to information from MedLine Plus, treatment for neuroblastoma depends on:
- The location of the tumor
- How much and where the tumor has spread
- the age of the person
- In certain cases, surgery alone is enough. But often other therapies are required as well. Anticancer drugs (chemotherapy) may be recommended if the tumor has spread. Radiation therapy can also be used.
High-dose chemotherapy, autologous stem cell transplantation, and immunotherapy are also being used.