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Treatment Options

Treatment for Wilms' tumor will depend on:
Treatment that may be used for this condition can include:
  • Surgery (taking out the cancer in an operation)
  • Chemotherapy (using drugs to kill cancer cells)
  • Radiation therapy (using high-dose x-rays or other high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells).
The child's healthcare provider can describe the treatment choices and the expected results of each. Choosing the most appropriate Wilms' tumor treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, the family, and the healthcare team.

Prognosis for Wilms' Tumor

The Wilms' tumor prognosis will depend on:
  • The stage of the child's cancer (whether it is only in the kidney or has spread to other places in the body).
  • How the cancer cells look under a microscope (histology).
  • The child's age and general health.
It is important to note that Wilms' tumor is curable in the majority of affected children.

Other Childhood Kidney Tumors

Clear cell sarcoma of the kidney, rhabdoid tumor of the kidney, and neuroepithelial tumor of the kidney are childhood kidney tumors that are unrelated to Wilms' tumor. The treatment of these tumors is different from the treatment of Wilms' tumor.
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