May 11, 2009

Treatment of Wilms' tumor

Wilms' tumor is the commonest kidney tumor in childhood. It is also called nephroblastoma.

Treatment for wilms' tumor is multidisciplinary.It includes surgery, chemotherapy & radiotherapy

Surgery- includes radical nephrectomy with lymph node sampling

Chemotherapy- combination of drugs like Vincristine / Actinomycin- D/ Cyclophosphamide.

Radiotherapy- is given to the flank in advanced disease or to the chest if there are metastasis.

Prognosis:This is one of the most curable cancer. the cure rate is more than 80% with multimodality treatment.

Other tumors of kidney in childhood
1. Clear cell sarcoma
2. Rhabdoid tumor
3. Renal cell carcinoma
4. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor
5. Infantile osteoid producing kidney tumor.


Pooja said...

Thanks for posting. Kidney Cancer is a very common form of cancer noticed now-a-days. Wilms' tumor is a very common form of childhood cancer and it mostly affects the kidney. There are various symptoms found like swelling, pain in the abdominal region, fever etc. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the commonly used treatment for wilms' tumor. For more details refer what causes cancer

Ella Pratt said...

This is a really informative post. My daughter has a tumor in her kidney, and we are hoping to treat it with surgery, chemo and radiotherapy as soon as possible. I'm glad that you also mentioned the kinds of prescriptions to expect for her during treatment. I also like that you mention it is one of the most curable versions of cancer. That makes me feel much more confident about a good outcome.