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Wilms tumor cancer----what are the treatments?

Wilms tumor cancer----what are the treatments?

Depends.: The major factors that effect treatment of wilms include stage (how much has the tumor spread) and histology (pathology report of the appearance of the tumor). Treatments typically include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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My grandson is 3-1/2 years old with a wilms tumor and right kidney removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are prescribed. Is there an alternative? Also, how do you get the body ready for it?

My grandson is 3-1/2 years old with a wilms tumor and right kidney removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are prescribed. Is there an alternative? Also, how do you get the body ready for it?

No: Before modern treatment, wilms tumor was invariably fatal. Period. Nowadays a majority of these kids get a cure. Speaks for itself. I would strongly discourage you from using any "alternative medicine" that makes any claim to affect the course of the disease except under the close supervision of a physician who really knows what's going on. Herbs / botanicals may offer some comfort but use wisely. ...Read more

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What was the survival rate for having wilms tumor before the 60's?

Rapidly improving!: In 1900, virtually no child diagnosed with wilm's tumor survived. Between then and the mid-1950s survival improved to about 50% due to improved surgery and routine radiation. At that time vincristine and actinomycin were found to be effective chemo drugs for this tumor; by 1965 2-year survival was improved to 80%. Today over 90% of children with wilm's tumor are cured. ...Read more

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What was the survival rate for someone with wilms tumor in the 1960's? Has it increased at all?

Wilma: in 1960 the survival rate for favorable histology was 54 percent by 1965 it went upto 81 percent and currently is close to 99 percent and between 83 percent and 55 percent in the unfavorable histology group ...Read more

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Could i ever get wilms tumor again?

Could  i ever get wilms tumor again?

Yes: Depending on the grade and stage of the original wilms tumor, it could come back. However, if it has been more than several years since the original tumor, and it hasn't come back yet, then it is very unlikely to. ...Read more

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What can happen with an untreated wilms' tumor?

What can happen with an untreated wilms' tumor?

Treat it!: Wilm's tumor should not go untreated. It can cause pain, constipation; tiredness, high blood pressure and eventually kill the patient! ...Read more

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If I have wilms tumor than will my children have this condition?

If I have wilms tumor than will my children have this condition?

Occasionally: Wilms tumor is a very uncommon, childhood tumor of the kidney. There are known cancer syndromes (such as beckwith-weidermann, denys-drash syndrome, pearlman syndrome), in which there are specific genetic alterations. However, if your children do not have these syndromes, it is most unlikely. ...Read more

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How can wilms tumor effect the kidney?

How can  wilms tumor effect the kidney?

Kidney tumor in kids: Wilms' tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, wilms' tumor is the most common kidney cancer in children. The outlook for most children with wilms' tumor is good. Treatment for wilms' tumor is surgery and chemotherapy. The stage of the tumor and appearance of the cells under a microscope help determine whether radiation is needed. ...Read more

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In what way does wilms tumor effect the kidney?

In what way does wilms tumor effect the kidney?

Depends: When a wilms tumor is small, it may not have much of an affect on normal kidney function. As it grows, it will slowly impinge on normal kidney function, which can result in problems with the urinary tract, filtering of the blood, and possibly cause high blood pressure. Many times the entire affected kidney needs to be removed as part of treatment (this depends on many factors). ...Read more

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I need to know what is wilms tumor survival rate?

Depends on Stage: Wilms tumor survival rate depends on stage and biological characteristics of the tumor. It is a pediatric tumor, though some adults can be diagnosed with it (rare). Overall, the prognosis is very good for most (>90% cure). However, if the tumor has "diffuse anaplasia" and has spread, survival rate is lower (~45%). http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/wilms/healthprofessional/page5. ...Read more

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Wilms Tumor (Definition)

A childhood cancer arising from the kidney. This disease has been ...Read more