What more life threatening: a brain tumor or wilms' tumor?

Need more info. I will answer for children as they get wilm's tumor. There are many types of brain tumors; some are very low risk while others are almost impossible to cure. Most wilm's tumors, especially those within"favorable histology" have a very good prognosis; more aggressive types that are spread throughout the body when diagnosed are much more threatening.
Brain tumor. Without knowing more detail, brain tumor definitely have more potential to threaten life.

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Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Occasionally. Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. Read more...
Not necessariiy. Treatment of some cancers in childhood does predispose a patient to secondary tumors later in life. They are usually soft tissue such as sarcomas. Brain tumors are usually metastatic or primary. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Spread. Untreated wilms' tumor will continue to grow and eventually metastasize. The most common organ for it to spread is the lungs. Metastasizing means more chemo, more surgery and perhaps a poorer prognosis. Read more...
Death. Our cure rates for this disease are among the best in pediatric oncology. That being said, no treatment will most likely result in the patient succumbing to their disease. Read more...

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...
No. I know of no reports of hereditary wilms' tumor. There are conditions which predispose to wilms' such as beckwith-weideman, hemi hypertrophy, etc. Read more...

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...
Wilms tumor. Also known as nephroblastoma, is a malignant tumor of the kidney, but the tumor does not function like normal renal tissue. Luckily we have lots of functional reserve, so we can lose an entire kidney (often required to treat wt) and still have adequate renal function for a lifetime. It is, however, important for kidney function to be monitored regularly during and after treatment. Read more...

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...