Kidney tumors often do not cause symptoms for quite some time. A swollen abdomen is usually the first indication that something is wrong. Some children have blood in their urine or they have a stomach ache.
How are Wilms tumors diagnosed?
In addition to urinalysis, an ultrasound of the abdomen is performed as well as various scans.
Children with a Wilms tumor are treated according to a protocol drawn up by national and international experts. The treatment depends on the stage of the tumor. A metastasized tumor, or a tumor in two kidneys, requires more intensive treatment than a tumor in one location. Treatment usually consists of 4-6 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery and follow-up chemotherapy treatment. Children under six months old are usually operated immediately.
The operation is followed by another round of chemotherapy. Some children also receive radiotherapy treatment.
Chance of recovery
If a Wilms tumor is detected early and has not spread, there is an 80% to 90% chance of recovery. Even if there are metastases, the chances are favorable (75%). It is difficult to make predictions. Don't be influenced too much by statistics. Every child and every situation is unique.
Children with a Wilm tumor are treated in the solid tumors department.