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Childhood Cancer Facts

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States.
    (Source: National Cancer Institute)


  • Approximately 20 percent of all children with cancer will die from their disease, asecondary cancer, or complications from treatment.
    (Source: National Cancer Institute)


  • Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.
    (Source: National Cancer Institute)


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What is Wilms' Tumor?

Wilms’ tumor, also called nephroblastoma, is a malignant (cancerous) tumor originating in the cells of the kidney. It is the most common type of renal (kidney) cancer and accounts for about 6 percent of all childhood cancers. As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child, but most children with Wilms’ tumor can be cured of the disease.

Wilms’ tumor is unrelated to adult kidney cancer. The tumor usually affects a single kidney, but approximately 5 to 10 percent of children with Wilms’ tumor have both kidneys impacted.

For more information about Wilms’ Tumor, visit this information page prepared by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.



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