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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Wilms Tumor

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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I had wilms tumor as a child, can I still have babies?

I had wilms tumor as a child, can I still have babies?

Perhaps: This depends on the type of treatment used to treat your wilms tumor when you were a child. Your doctor can run several tests to determine if you can still have babies.

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What is the survival rate for someone with a wilms tumor?

Wilm's tumor: Survival rates depend on the cell type of the tumor and the stage it was in when it was discovered. Check the link below for a nice chart survival rates taking these into account. Http://www.cancer.org/cancer/wilmstumor/detailedguide/wilms-tumor-survival-rates

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What is the survival rate for someone with a wilms tumor?

What is the survival rate for someone with a wilms tumor?

Wilm's tumor: Survival rates depend on the cell type of the tumor and the stage it was in when it was discovered. Check the link below for a nice chart survival rates taking these into account. Http://www.cancer.org/cancer/wilmstumor/detailedguide/wilms-tumor-survival-rates

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After 6 months would wilms tumor show on a ultrasound thanks?

6 months of what?: Are you referring to 6 months of life? 6 months of treatment? 6 months after surgery? 6 months after diagnosis? How was diagnosis made? What is its size? Since we can't understand your question from its context, it may be best to use HealthTap Prime to discuss. You can interact with a doctor, live, & upload any pictures / reports that reference the Wilms Tumor. You'll get better answers that way.

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Does having one kidney (from wilms tumor) prevent me from competing in mma or bjj?

Does having one kidney (from wilms tumor) prevent me from competing in mma or bjj?

Ask your doctor: On june 2012 reuters published: dr. Matthew grinsell of the university of utah in salt lake city said "for kids with only one kidney, it's important to make sure the organ works normally and that blood pressure is not too high before sending them onto the field. The american academy of pediatrics also says it is okay for kids to play sports despite having just one kidney.".

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After 6 months of wilms tumor on a child will that show up on a ultrasound or a physical exam thanks?

After 6 months of wilms tumor on a child will that show up on a ultrasound or a physical exam thanks?

Wilma tumor: This question is difficult to answer without more information and the child's oncologist can be helpful for answers

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Can a wilms’ tumor reoccur?

Can a wilms’ tumor reoccur?

Yes: Depending on the biology of the tumor, that is whether it is a favorable histology or unfavorable histology, the spread of the disease and treatment, the tumor can reoccur. Usually the kidney is removed as part of the operation, so if it recurs in the same area it may be secondary to local spread.

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Could you at any age get a wilms tumor?

Yes: While the majority of wilms tumor occurs in the pediatric age population, adults, even the elderly, can get wilms (though it is very rare). Adults with wilms are more difficult to treat than kids.

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Where can Wilms tumor be located in children?

Kidney: Wilms tumor is a tumor of the kidney. See this site for more info on this topic: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/wilmstumor/detailedguide/wilms-tumor-what-is-wilms-tumor

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What is the rate of survival with a wilms tumor?

Excellent: Thankfully, great progress has been made for children with wilms tumor. There is almost universal survival for children with favorable histology and upwards of 80% survival even in children with advanced disease.

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Wilms Tumor (Definition)

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