Wilms Tumor – Kidney Cancer in Children

Most people who get the kidney cancer form Wilms tumor, also called nephroblastoma, are young children between one and five years. But it happens that children of other ages and adults get the disease, although it is unusual. Every year, between ten and fifteen people are diagnosed in Sweden. Nearly nine out of ten get well after treatment. The cancer tumor usually sits in one of the kidneys, but can sometimes sit in both kidneys and usually in slightly younger children.

When a Child Gets Cancer

It can be done in different ways to discover that a child has cancer . Some children have had diffuse symptoms for a long time and may have been on many different examinations before, as a parent or physician, one begins to suspect that it may be cancer. Other children have more sudden symptoms. Maybe the child comes to an emergency room where doctors tell them that they need to immediately investigate the cause of the symptoms, and that it may be cancer.

Neuroblastoma in Children

Neuroblastoma is a cancer disease that originates in the sympathetic nervous system that extends along the vertebral vertebrae and branches to, for example, the adrenal glands. Since this nervous system is widely distributed in many parts of the body, neuroblastoma can be found in several different places, but it is most common to get it in one of the adrenal glands

Brain Tumor in Children

Brain tumor is one of the most common cancers in children. About 95 of the almost 350 children and adolescents who get cancer every year have a brain tumor. But there are many different types of brain tumors that are also treated differently. The brain is part of the central nervous system . All central nervous system tumors are taken care of by pediatric neurologists and pediatric oncologists, including non-cancerous tumors.

Treatment of Cancer in Children

Children who get cancer are usually treated with the same methods as adults, although the doses are different. There are three common treatment methods that are often combined: cytostatic therapy, radiation therapy and surgery. The duration of treatment for a cancer disease can vary from a few months up to several years.