Also referred to as nephroblastoma, Wilms Tumor is a rare form of tumor that happens in the kidneys and tends to affect children mostly. It can happen in both kidneys or even one kidney. In such cases, the patient experiences swelling in the stomach and heaviness that is accompanied with high fever and blood in the urine in some cases to.
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR DIAGNOSED?
Several tests are used to confirm a Wilms tumor diagnosis and determine the stage of the disease. Tests that might be used include:
• Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan)
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
• Bone scans
• Laboratory tests such as blood tests and urinalysis check the general health of a patient and to detect any adverse side effects (such as low red or white blood cell counts) of the treatment.
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.