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?
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?
Most kids undergoing treatment for Wilms don't have special nutritional requirements or need medication for low blood cell counts, as most other cancer patients do. However, parents must watch for signs of distress, like fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. A child with a high fever should see a doctor right away.