Wilms tumor is also called nephroblastoma and this rare form happens in the kidneys and tends to affect children mostly. There is a chance that it would either affect one or both kidneys. Common symptoms in this reference include 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?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a pediatrician and tests like scan and biopsy are done to check for malignancy.
HOW IS WILMS TUMOR TREATED?
Treatment is determined by many factors, the most important being the stage of the cancer at diagnosis, and the condition, or histology, of the cancer cells when observed under a microscope. Doctors use a staging system to describe the extent of a metastasized tumor. Surgery is most often used to treat Wilms tumor. For stages I through IV, a radical nephrectomy ― removal of the cancer along with the entire kidney, ureter (tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder), adrenal gland (hormone-producing gland that sits on top of the kidney), and surrounding fatty tissue ― is done.
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.