What are the symptoms of Wilms tumor?
As with many cancers, symptoms of Wilms tumor can vary to an individual level, but most children with Wilms tumor will experience a handful of similar symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
- An abdominal mass
- Abdominal swelling
- Abdominal pain
Are there any known risk factors?
Wilms tumor is slightly more common in females than in males. African-American children possess a slightly higher risk of Wilms tumor than other ethnicities. Any family history of Wilms tumor also increases the risk of developing the disease.
Wilms tumor cannot be prevented by any specific precaution. If your child has risk factors for Wilms tumor, it may be recommended by your doctor to screen for any signs or abnormalities.
How are Wilms Tumors Treated?
About 9 out of 10 children with Wilms tumors are cured. Great strides in Wilms tumors treatment have been made in recent history due to a high participation in clinical trials aimed at increasing the cure rate while also decreasing side effects and lessening the physical toll on patients.
Children with Wilms tumors usually get some combination of treatments, typically surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.
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