4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Choosing a Pediatric Wilms’ Tumor Treatment Facility
Wilms’ tumor, also known as nephroblastoma, is a kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Pediatric Wilms’ tumor is the fourth most common type of cancer in children, and accounts for about 9 of 10 pediatric kidney cancer cases.
The malignancy usually manifests between the ages of 3 to 4, and becomes much less common after the age of 5. Most cases of Wilms’ tumor in children are unilateral, meaning that only one kidney is affected. In about 5-10% of children with Wilms’ tumors the cancer is bilateral, with tumors in both kidneys.
Pediatric Wilms’ tumors develop as a result of a kidney cell mutation that causes cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, then go on living when normal cells would usually die. These malignant cells can then spread to other organs – most often to the lungs and abdominal lymph nodes.
Generally, most cases of pediatric Wilms’ tumor tend to grow rather large before they are detected, though they are usually found before they metastasize.
Over the years, medical advancements have greatly improved the outlook for patients receiving Wilms’ tumor treatment in Israel. When the malignancy is quickly and precisely diagnosed, and the patients given appropriate treatment, the prognosis for most is very good, including cases of Wilms’ tumor in infants.
Treatment options depend on the type and size of the tumor, and include removal by means of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and in some cases a bone marrow transplant.
Questions You Need to Ask Before Choosing a Treatment Facility
While pediatric Wilms’ tumor is very treatable, outcomes invariably depend on the quality and expertise of the chosen treatment facility. To help guide your search for the best possible treatment, we recommend asking the following questions about any medical center in consideration:
- Is it accredited by a trustworthy authority?
- Is it at the forefront of medical innovation?
- Is it geared toward meeting the physical and emotional needs of children?
- Does it offer affordable costs?
Pediatric Wilms’ Tumor Treatment at Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center, one of the 10 best hospitals in the world according to Newsweek magazine, is a comprehensive medical facility dedicated to providing patients from around the world with cutting-edge compassionate care. Following are just a few of the many reasons to choose Sheba Medical Center for treatment:
- Sheba is dedicated to performing procedures that minimize pain and suffering, with deep consideration for the physical and emotional needs of children.
- As a government institution, we have no hidden costs, and our fees are transparent. Although we offer advanced treatments that are available only in select medical institutions around the world, our prices are affordable.
- Sheba treats each patient as a unique individual, personalizing every therapy program.
- Sheba’s 360-degree care approach to every patient, which means that Sheba’s professionals will assist you with arranging medical record reviews, travel, visas, accommodations, and language interpretation as needed.
- Sheba has full accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the premier international healthcare accrediting group.
- Sheba has both advanced treatment and laboratory facilities. At Sheba, patients receive every aspect of their treatment in a single facility.
- Our physicians are actively involved in the latest research and application of progressive treatments.