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Wilms' Tumor Treatment

Wilms' tumor is usually treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. This disease generally affects only one kidney. The cancerous organ is removed along with the adrenal glands and a small margin of surrounding tissue, in a surgical procedure called a nephrectomy.

If the tumor is very large or has spread to other organs and tissues, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used to shrink the tumor before attempting surgery. Radiation is also used as a primary treatment in some advanced cases.

If your child has been diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Wilms' Tumor Clinical Trials

Some of the most innovative treatments for Wilms' tumor are offered as part of clinical trials, which are closely monitored studies to test the safety and effectiveness of new treatments. Go to MD Anderson's list of current pediatric clinical trials to see if your child might be eligible.

You can also visit our Clinical Trials database or speak to your doctor.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • The Children's Cancer Hospital is within the No. 1 cancer center in America
  • Access to novel therapies and state-of-the-art technologies before most children's hospitals
  • We see more types of cancer than any other children's hospital in Texas
  • Family-centered care that actively involves parents in their child's treatment
  • A strong cancer research program focused on developing new therapies for pediatric patients
  • Comprehensive support services such as an accredited school program, creative arts, child life and career counseling
  • An Adolescent and Young Adult Program that specializes in the unique medical and psychological needs of patients aged 15-25

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