Treatment

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Your team of doctors, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT), will care for and treat your child, and will ensure that all your child’s needs are considered while they have cancer treatment. The section called The treatment team has further information about this.

Treatment for kidney tumours depends on:

  • the age of your child
  • the stage of the cancer
  • other factors.

Doctors will suggest treatments based on your child’s situation. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • targeted therapy
  • stem cell transplant
  • other treatments.

Surgery

If your child has a Wilm’s tumour they will undergo surgery to have it removed. This is usually done by removing all or part of the affected kidney.  The timing and extent of the surgery will be decided between your child’s oncologist and a specialist surgeon and will be discussed with you when your child starts treatment.

Your child might also have surgery to insert a venous access device, which is a tube that allows chemotherapy to be delivered directly into a blood vessel.

See How is cancer treated – surgery for more detail about cancer surgery.