Wilms Tumor is a rare kidney cancer that affects children. Wilms Tumor is also known as nephroblastoma. Wilms Tumor often occurs in one kidney, though it can be found in another kidney as well. Symptoms are:
• Abdominal swelling
• Abdominal mass that can be felt
• Abdominal pain
• Blood in urine
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Wilms Tumor is done by a pediatrician and tests like scan and biopsy are done to check for malignancy.
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR TREATED?
The first step in treatment is to stage the tumor. Staging helps doctors determine how far the cancer has spread and to plan for the best treatment. Surgery to remove the tumor is scheduled as soon as possible. Surrounding tissues and organs may also need to be removed if the tumor has spread. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy will often be started after surgery, depending on the stage of the tumor.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wilms Tumor is the most common type of cancer in children