A multispecialty team consisting of a pediatric urologist, pediatric surgeon and pediatric cancer specialists collaborate to determine a personalized treatment plan for a child with Wilms' tumor.
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota ranks No. 1 for urology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.
At Mayo Clinic Children's Center, you can expect the best care for your child from our multispecialty team of pediatric experts on Wilms' tumor.
Your Mayo Clinic care team
Mayo's experienced team of pediatric specialists work together to create a customized treatment plan for your child. Team members include pediatric urologists, pediatric oncologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, kidney pathologists, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers and others as needed. Genetic testing and counseling are done when relevant.
Full range of treatment options
Mayo Clinic experts will work with you to review all of your child's treatment options. The range of treatments offered for children with Wilms' tumor includes surgery (partial or total nephrectomy), chemotherapy and radiation.
Access to the latest technology
When appropriate, Mayo Clinic offers minimally invasive surgery, which includes laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. Robotic surgery enables the surgeon to visualize the procedure in much greater detail and work in tight spaces where human hands don't fit. Mayo Clinic's new Proton Beam Therapy Program provides highly targeted precision beam therapy, destroying cancer while sparing healthy tissue.
In robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a computer console near the operating table. He or she controls the camera arm and mechanical arms, which have surgical instruments attached to them that are working inside the patient's body.
During robotic surgery, an assistant works at the operating table, exchanging instruments and ensuring the safe movement of the robotic arms.
Some children with Wilms' tumor may be candidates for Mayo Clinic's proton beam therapy, highly advanced technology that targets and destroys cancer while sparing healthy tissue.
Early-phase clinical trial opportunities
Mayo Clinic doctors are active in kidney cancer research, including Wilms' tumor, which gives patients a chance to enroll in clinical trials to try the latest treatment innovations.
Continuity of care
Mayo Clinic provides lifelong care, so children who have cancer can transition to adult care for follow-up as they age. This is especially important for those who had chemotherapy, to monitor for and treat any long-term effects.