If your child is diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating cancer (oncologist) or a surgeon who specializes in kidney surgery (urologist).
What you can do
To prepare for the appointment:
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins, herbs, oils and other supplements that your child is taking.
- Ask a family member or friend to come with you to help you remember all the information provided to you during the appointment.
- Create a list of questions to ask your child's doctor.
For Wilms' tumor, some basic questions to ask the doctor include:
- What kinds of tests does my child need?
- What stage is my child's cancer?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What types of side effects can I expect from each treatment?
- Will I need to restrict my child's activity or change his or her diet during treatment?
- What's my child's outlook?
- What is the likelihood that the cancer will come back?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be ready to answer them to reserve time to go over points you want to focus on. Your doctor may ask, for example:
- When did you first notice your child's symptoms?
- Is there a history of cancer, including childhood cancer, in your family?
- Does your child have any family history of birth defects, especially of the genitals or urinary tract?