Wilms tumor, Wilms' tumor, or nephroblastoma is a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children, rarely in adults It is named after Dr. Max Wilms, the German surgeon (1867–1918) who first described it. Symptoms may include any of the following:
• Abdominal pain
• Abnormal urine color
• General discomfort or uneasiness (malaise)
• High blood pressure
• Increased growth on only one side of the body
• Loss of appetite
• Swelling in the abdomen (abdominal hernia or mass)
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR DIAGNOSED?
Nephrologists and pediatricians work as a team in diagnosing Wilms Tumor. The doctor may conduct a physical examination for visible signs of Wilms Tumor. Blood and urine tests may be conducted to confirm diagnosis. Imaging tests of the kidney kelp in diagnosing condition of kidneys.
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR TREATED?
Treatment of Wilms Tumor involves surgical removal and chemotherapy. Removal of part or whole of the kidney is done to remove the affected areas. Chemotherapy is performed to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is also given to the child after removal of kidney
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a tumor that is usually diagnosed on time and thus this form of cancer is easily treatable and can help the child live a normal life later on.