A child with a higher risk for Wilms tumor may be diagnosed if a regularly scheduled ultrasound shows a tumor.
How Is Wilms Tumor Treated?
Pediatric oncologists (cancer doctors for kids) and surgeons work together to treat Wilms tumor. Most children have part or all of their kidney removed (a partial or complete nephrectomy) and chemotherapy. Some children also need radiation therapy. Chemotherapy and/or radiation can be done:
before surgery to shrink the tumor
after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells
What Else Should I Know?
If your child has Wilms tumor, it can be a stressful time. Every child is different, but most children recover from Wilms tumor and go on to live a long, healthy life.