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Wilms' Tumor

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by Rosenblum L

(Nephroblastoma; Kidney Tumor)



Wilms' tumor is a type of kidney cancer that mainly affects children. In most cases, Wilms' tumor affects only one of the two kidneys.
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The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your child's bodily fluids and tissues may be tested. This can be done with:
Images may be taken of your child's bodily structures. This can be done with:
Children who have risk factors for Wilms' tumor should have a physical exam with a specialist and an ultrasound every three months until age six or seven. This screening should be done even if they do not have symptoms. It can help find tumors while they are small and have not yet spread to other parts of the body.


American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute



Childhood Cancer Canada




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