Wilms Tumor Directory
Wilms tumor is a kidney cancer that usually affects children. Causes are unknown, but many cases are highly curable if the tumor has not spread. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about Wilms tumor, symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Options for Wilms Tumor
A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your child's doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for your child.Stage I Wilms TumorTreatment of stage I Wilms tumor with favorable histology may include the following:Nephrectomy with lymph node removal followed by combination chemotherapy.A clinical trial of nephrectomy with lymph node removal, followed by watchful waiting or new combinations of chemotherapy.Treatment of stage I anaplastic Wilms tumor may include the following:Nephrectomy with lymph node removal followed by combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the flank (either side of the body between the ribs and hipbone) of the body.A clinical trial of nephrectomy with lymph node removal, followed by new combinations of chemotherapy with radiation therapy.Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical
Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Option Overview
There are different types of treatment for patients with Wilms tumor and other childhood kidney tumors.Different types of treatment are available for children with Wilms and other childhood kidney tumors. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.Because cancer in children is rare, taking part in a clinical trial should be considered. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment. Children with Wilms tumor or other childhood kidney tumors should have their treatment planned by a team of health care providers who are experts in treating cancer in children.Your child's treatment will be overseen by a
Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Recurrent Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors
Recurrent cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated.
Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Stages of Wilms Tumor
Wilms tumors and other childhood kidney tumors are staged during surgery and with imaging tests.The process used to find out if cancer has spread outside of the kidney to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. For Wilms tumor, the stage is determined during the initial surgery and with the results from imaging tests. The following imaging tests may be done to see if cancer has spread to other places in the body:CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, such as the abdomen, pelvis, chest, and brain, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly. This procedure is also called computed tomography, computerized tomography, or computerized