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Wilms' Tumor

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by Rosenblum L

(Nephroblastoma; Kidney Tumor)

 

Definition

Wilms' tumor is a type of kidney cancer that mainly affects children. In most cases, Wilms' tumor affects only one of the two kidneys.
Kidneys
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Diagnosis

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.
 

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute
http://www.nci.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Childhood Cancer Canada
http://www.childhoodcancer.ca

SickKids
http://www.sickkids.ca

 

References


Driskoll K, Isakoff M, et al. Update on pediatric genitourinary oncology. Curr Opin Urol. 2007;17(4):281-286.


Wilms tumor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 1, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.


Wilms tumor. Nemours' KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/kidney/wilms.html. Updated March 2012. Accessed June 20, 2013.

 

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